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Push to improve rural broadband access gains steam

October 04, 2019 07:27 PM

The push to get broadband internet access to rural communities gained a little steam on Friday.

The commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission made a visit to Albany to discuss the issue with Congressman Paul Tonko as part of a roundtable.

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Broadband access in areas like Saratoga County is very limited in several directions.

Place like Smith's Orchards in Charlton say not having internet is difficult for their business.

Congressman Tonko is co-sponsor of a new bill to fund research that will better assess just how far-reaching the problem is. He says broadband should be considered fundamental infrastructure.

Congressman Antonio Delgado held a similar event downstate on Friday.

Hear from Tonko about why he says rural broadband is so important, and more about how the lack of broadband is impacting Smith's Orchards, by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.

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Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff

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