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Once again, local politicians promise better broadband internet service

Aug 06, 2021 1:03 pm

Anyone paying attention to local politics has heard a series of local Congressional representatives from both parties tout how they were going to solve the lack of broadband internet service locally. Republicans Chris Gibson and John Faso, and Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Scott Murphy, announced funding and new initiatives to bring internet to rural communities in the Hudson Valley, but all studies show the problem remains. Emilia Teasdale reports in the Columbia Paper that on Aug. 2, Antonio Delgado, the current representative in Congress and a Democrat, held a press conference with other local officials at the West Ghent Community Center to discuss the $829,594 more in funding that he claims “will allow more than 300 rural upstate homes and businesses in the towns of Ghent, Canaan, New Lebanon, and Austerlitz to be connected to high-speed broadband” internet service. But that funding needs to be approved by the Senate and signed by the president, so it is not a sure thing. Delgado promised to do “everything we can to make sure these funds are included into the budget.” Delgado stood next to Republican State Senator Daphne Jordan, Democrat Assemblymember Didi Barrett, and Republican Assemblymember Jake Ashby when he made that promise. “This is what government working together looks like,” Barrett said about the funds that may not come to fix a problem that has seen similar scenes before without a solution. Read more about this story in the Columbia Paper.

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