Oklahoma lawmakers hope $1.87 billion will be enough for a faster internet

Oklahoma lawmakers hope $1.87 billion will be enough for a faster internet

What would $1.87 billion buy you in Oklahoma? Some lawmakers hope that will be enough for a faster internet. It was one of the major projects to get the green light on Tuesday as the state decides how to spend federal COVID-19 relief money. One thing both sides agreed on was how to spend money. When the Senate and House took control of the relief money, the governor said he hoped lawmakers wouldn’t approve special-interest, piecemeal projects. The message from lawmakers on Tuesday was that the projects they approve impact everyone. impacting all of Oklahoma, rural Oklahoma, metro Tulsa, metro Oklahoma City, really the whole state, and that’s why you see legislators from all walks of life, from all political walks of life, voting unanimous approval on 44 of 45 projects today,” said state Rep. Kyle Hilbert, (R) Bristow. Hilbert is one of the lawmakers tasked with leading efforts to allocate the money Oklahoma received under the American Rescue Plan Act Projects recommended for passage by the entire Legislature include more than half a billion dollars for broadband expansion and $400 million invested in the in communities that had electricity and communities that didn’t and what we’re really seeing is this shift again today where you have communities that have access to broadband broadband and those that don’t,” said Hilbert. However, the support that has been seen on Tuesday for these projects will it be seen next week during the vote of the entire legislature? Hilbert would make no promises. “I think we are going to have a lot of discussion, as it should, as the legislative process moves forward, and all MPs are voting on these drafts, and we will see how they are received next week,” said Hilbert. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol starting next Wednesday for their special session, where a large amount of funding will be approved. Organizations and agencies should have cash in hand by February 2.

What would $1.87 billion buy you in Oklahoma?

Some lawmakers hope that will be enough for a faster internet. It was one of the major projects to get the green light on Tuesday as the state decides how to spend federal COVID-19 relief money.

One thing both sides agreed on was how to spend money. When the Senate and House took control of the relief money, the governor said he hoped lawmakers wouldn’t approve special-interest, piecemeal projects.

The message from lawmakers on Tuesday was that the projects they approve impact everyone.

“He was really targeted to impact all of Oklahoma, rural Oklahoma, metro Tulsa, metro Oklahoma City, really the whole state, and that’s why you see lawmakers from all walks of life, from all political walks of life, really voting unanimous approval on 44 of 45 of the projects today,” said state Rep. Kyle Hilbert, (R) Bristow.

Hilbert is one of the lawmakers tasked with leading efforts to allocate the money Oklahoma received under the American Rescue Plan Act. Projects recommended for passage by the entire legislature include more than half a billion dollars for broadband expansion and $400 million invested in water.

“You look at the communities 80 years ago, some had electricity some didn’t, you really had two different Americas in the communities that had electricity and those that didn’t and really what we’re seeing is this shift again today where you have communities that have broadband access and others that don’t,” Hilbert said.

However, will the support that was seen on Tuesday for these projects be seen next week when the entire legislature votes? Hilbert would make no promises.

“I think we’re going to have a lot of discussion, as it should, as the legislative process moves forward, and all members vote on these drafts, and we’ll see how they’re received next week,” he said. Hilbert said. .

Lawmakers will return to the Capitol starting next Wednesday for their special session, where a large amount of funding will be approved. Organizations and agencies should have cash in hand by February 2.

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