Franken Sees Common Ground With Trump on Broadband

Agrees with infrastructure investment plans
Author:
Publish date:

Al Franken (D-Minn.), a big backer of Hillary Clinton and critic of President-elect Donald Trump, says that broadband infrastructure buildouts may be one area where he and Trump can agree.

Progressive Franken has big differences over issues like climate change and healthcare with populist Republican Trump, but when asked by CNN's Jake Tapper where he might find agreement, Franken was quick to say "infrastructure."

Related: ‘60 Minutes’ Lands Trump(s) This Sunday

And he said that went beyond roads and bridges to broadband buildouts. "This is something I think we should be doing," he said, adding: "I think I may be more in line with the new President than my Republican colleagues in the Senate and the House."

Among Trump's campaign platform planks was an “America’s Infrastructure First” policy on prioritizing investments in telecommunications and "other pressing domestic infrastructure needs."

Related: Clinton Outspent Trump By 9 to 1 in Local Cable

Trump and Franken remain far apart on another broadband issue: Title II reclassification of Internet access. Trump has slammed it, while Franken was a big backer of the FCC decision to define ISPs as common carriers.

Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt.), who was beaten by Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, also told CNN he was with Trump on rebuilding the country's infrastructure, if he wound up doing that.

Related