U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., will host a broadband roundtable at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the student center of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.


Arkansas’ Fourth District congressman set the event to discuss the needs and progress in rural connectivity in southern Arkansas, according to a news release.


“This is an opportunity for stakeholders in Drew and Ashley counties to learn about the new grant and loan programs offered by the 2018 Farm Bill and discuss challenges and the need for additional connectivity,” according to the release. “The panel will feature about an hour of informative discussion, followed by an open question and answer.”


Along with Westerman, participants will include David Branscum, Arkansas state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service. Invited guests include Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Nathan Smith, economic policy director of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.