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Spartz Supports Broadband Investments, But Mum On Infrastructure Vote

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R IN-5) spoke at a round table in Atlanta, IN on Monday. (Brock E.W. Turner, WFIU/WTIU News)

Congresswoman Victoria Spartz wouldn’t commit to supporting President Joe Biden’s roughly 1 trillion-dollar infrastructure bill that passed the Senate with some bipartisan support.

However, Spartz says her vote shouldn’t indicate her overall support of broadband and other infrastructure investments.

While the Republican Congresswoman declined to provide a specific figure she was comfortable with, she insisted her vote would take into account specific line items and the cost-benefit analysis of each.

“Things that we cannot pay for, the things that don’t bring long term value we might have to deliberate some other time,” Spartz said Monday.

A Purdue University study revealed every dollar invested in broadband, returned $4 to local economies in Indiana.

Spartz’s comments came after a roundtable with Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and other state leaders discussing best practices and challenges deploying broadband to Hoosiers.

Many without service, though, are losing patience. Current estimates show around 1 in 10 Hoosiers lack the ability to access broadband internet.

Approximately $65 billion for broadband is included in the Senate proposal.

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