Ralph Northam on Technology
Until we come together to ensure universal broadband access, we are keeping opportunity out of reach for entire communities in Virginia.
When a community doesn't have reliable Internet access, it can't attract businesses, support its home-grown entrepreneurs, keep its students up to date, or use telehealth to keep people healthy.
The ability to get online anywhere--that's what makes a Commonwealth of opportunity.
Weeks ago, I shared an ambitious budget proposal to speed up our progress and achieve universal broadband access within the next few years. This is probably the number one issue I hear from Virginians as I travel around the state, and the number one issue I hear from legislators--both Republicans and Democrats.
This year I was part of the bi-partisan effort in the Senate to reach a transportation compromise that will put the Commonwealth on a path to address the chronic congestion on our roadways. [We passed] a comprehensive transportation bill that will increase the level of sustainable funding for our roadways, make investments in mass transit options, and direct transportation money to the regions of the state with the highest traffic levels (Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia).