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Kilmer visits PUD 3, talks rural broadband

Local leaders share infrastructure needs


February 17, 2022

Matt Baide

U.S. Department of Agriculture official Xochitl Torres Small, middle, speaks at a roundtable while USDA Rural Development State Director Helen Price Johnson, left, and U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, listen at Mason County PUD 3's main office on Monday in Shelton.

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, visited Mason County PUD 3 on Monday with U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small and USDA state director Helen Price Johnson to talk with local leaders and officials about broadband infrastructure and other needs.

Kilmer said rural broadband allows people to access the internet for virtual classes or for senior citizens to have telehealth visits.

"Sometimes it's the door of opportunity for a local business to sell their wares all over the place and sometimes, as Tom mentioned earlier, it's to make sur...

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