Gillibrand calls for faster internet in rural areas

August 10, 2017 05:46 PM

FONDA - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Montgomery County Thursday morning, asking for faster internet. 

Senator Gillibrand was at Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School, announcing the "Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act" or B-CROP.  

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The Senator cited eleven percent of students in the Fonda-Fultonville school district from grades 3-12 don't have access to internet at home.  

Families that want to install high speed internet, can't because their community doesn't have the infrastructure needed.

B-CROP will allow communities and broadband service providers to apply for grants that will cover fifty to seventy-five percent of the cost required to build what's required for access.

It will also double the amount of loan funding available through Rural Utilities Service to fifty million dollars.                

Senator Gillibrand called access to high speed internet a necessity, not a luxury. 

"Imagine not having access to power or to a road or to electricity or to water. Those are fundamental things we decided as a country that every family had a right to have access to and I do believe that's how we should be thinking about internet access. It should be a right, something we all have access to," asserted Gillibrand.

According to the senator's office, over a third of Americans in rural communities still can't get high-speed broadband internet.

To view the proposed legislation, click here.


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