Group launches campaign to highlight importance of broadband access

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 22, 2020
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A local organization is working to highlight the importance of broadband access in the state of Idaho.

Imagine Idaho is working to raise awareness of broadband access throughout the state to "allow all Idahoans to live, learn and work anywhere," according to a news release. The group aims to ensure all Idaho residents have access to reliable broadband connection and promote policies that help communities deploy infrastructure to support broadband.

“The benefits of increased broadband access in Idaho are numerous including economic benefits, educational benefits, telemedicine benefits and much more,” said Executive Director of the Association of Idaho Cities Kelley Packer in a statement. “The members of Imagine Idaho are deeply committed to helping find policy solutions that will increase broadband access in their communities and allow Idahoans to live, learn and work anywhere in our great state.”

Partners of the group include the Idaho Hospital Association, the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON), the Port of Lewiston, the Association of Idaho Cities, economic development groups, local elected officials, businesses and citizens.

“Improving Idaho’s broadband access is a major priority of Governor Little,” said President/CEO of the Idaho Hospital Association Brian Whitlock in a statement. “Imagine Idaho is committed to working closely with the Governor and all Idaho policy makers to bring more broadband to our state and improve the quality of life of all Idahoans.”