Kilmer’s Bill to Expand West End Broadband Access

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer plans to introduce a bill this month that would help expand broadband access to rural areas such as the West End of Clallam County.

Kilmer says the bipartisan bill would help address the “last mile” issue for off-the-grid or under-served areas that do not have access to broadband – including the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay and the Hoh Tribe.

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Other Makah children had to be bused to neighbording community that had broadband.

Kilmer says the library at the Hoh Tribe is in a trailer that does not have internet.

The legislation would provide a 75 percent tax credit for groups of qualifying individuals or businesses that form a limited broadband district and build a local network.

Kilmer says he plans to introduce the bill with at least one Republican colleague later this month.