Mark S. Darrah, Tulsa
In the 1930s and 1940s, federal funding brought electricity and safe water to nearly every rural area of America. Today, the 2021 bipartisan federal infrastructure bill with some state and local funding will now fund the delivery of high-speed Internet services to 95% of all Oklahoma residents.
It should be noted that Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe and Reps. Kevin Hern, Markwayne Mullin, Frank Lucas, Tom Cole and Stephanie Bice all voted against the legislation. Not a single member of Oklahoma’s US congressional delegation supported this effort to expand high-speed Internet access to nearly all Oklahomans.