FREDONIA – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was in Fredonia Monday to announce the Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act.
The State’s junior Senator stopped by DFT Communications said the bipartisan legislation would help close the broadband gap in rural areas to help ensure that all New Yorkers have access to high-speed Internet.
She said the bill would expand resources available for building high-speed broadband infrastructure by creating a new program to combine grants and loans to help finance projects serving rural and tribal areas.
As part of her effort to make high-speed internet service available to all New Yorkers, Gillibrand is also actively calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve a New York State waiver submitted this Fall for use of $170 million in FCC federal funding through the Connect America Fund (CAF).
Gillibrand said that Access to broadband is a critical need for today’s residential homeowners and businesses.
An estimated 34 million Americans do not have access to high-speed broadband internet according to the FCC.