New state legislation aims to close broadband gap

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a stop in Glens Falls on Wednesday to announce new bipartisan legislation aimed to help close the broadband gap.

“The Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act” would combine grants and loans to help finance high-speed internet infrastructure in rural and tribal areas.

The senator says the contributing factor is financial because there are not enough residents in these areas to afford to pay for broadband services.

The bill will directly help these families and businesses.

“A business in Washington County was told if they wanted high speed internet, it would be $600 a month under this bill,” Gillibrand said. “If 75% cost is defrayed, that bill instead of $600 a month, would be $150 a month.”

Close to 24,000 and a half Capital District residents are currently lacking access to high-speed internet.

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