WASHINGTON – At today’s Small Business Committee hearing on under-served businesses, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, said rural broadband needs to be expanded so businesses can prosper in Upstate New York.
“In parts of my district, I drive by large signs that read, ‘broadband coming soon.’ It’s a sight that is hard to imagine in New York, in the USA, in the 21st Century,” Delgado stated.
“…In today’s global economy, it’s unthinkable that startup businesses, mom and pop shops, young students, small dairy farmers, and innovative sustainable agriculture operations are being left behind because of where they live and operate.”
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Committee hearing witness Michael Romano of the NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association agreed that workable broadband access is a key priority, and pointed to 100MB as a desired standard.