On Tuesday, August 31st, Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) joined with T.J. Stewart of ADK One Pass and Wired Not, James Forcier of Westelcom, and Howard Lowe of CBN Connect to call on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to move forward with funding broadband in the North Country.
"We must continue to work together to expand broadband and economic opportunity through the North Country," said Rep. Murphy. "That's why I joined with three applicants for federal broadband money to call on the USDA and NTIA to move forward as quickly as possible with their applications. The residents and business owners throughout the North Country should not have to continue without the necessary tools to help themselves succeed and expand. I will continue to work with these unserved and underserved communities to make sure that they get the funding they need to be able to compete in the 21st Century economy."
Murphy called on the USDA and NTIA to move forward on three different broadband applications. The Middle Mile application, submitted by CBN Connect, would serve many of the communities throughout Essex, Warren and Washington. The Last Mile application, sponsored by Westelcom, would expand coverage to primarily rural residences and businesses in Warren and Washington. Finally, the Public Computer Center application submitted by ADK One Pass would service 24 communities and libraries throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties, as well as infrastructure to provide 20 specific locations in the North Country with tourist-focused wireless Internet options.
Howard Lowe, President of CBN connect said, "Congressman Murphy has been a steadfast supporter of CBN connect from the beginning because he sees the economic development impact that broadband will have in Washington and Warren Counties. It will create jobs, provide sustainable revenue for businesses throughout Upstate New York, and help our citizens compete in this global economy."
T.J. Stewart of ADK One Pass said, "ADK One Pass provides Internet access to tourists and businesses in Upstate New York. By covering 24 Main Streets across the North Country, you will cross-promote towns and enable tourists to experience more of what Upstate New York has to offer. By providing broadband to learning centers and libraries, we can provide broadband access to both full-time residents and tourists that come here each year."
Murphy previously introduced the Rural Broadband Initiative Act of 2010 to expand access to broadband Internet in rural areas by eliminating red tape and developing a comprehensive strategy to link our rural communities to high-speed Internet connections. The Rural Broadband Initiative Act of 2010 would amend the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to create a new Office of Rural Broadband Initiatives within the Department of Agriculture, centralizing authority and funding for new broadband development and allowing for greater accountability to ensure that investments achieve results.