Following FCC auction, county scales back broadband infrastructure project


WASHINGTON D.C. – Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is continuing to voice his support for Livingston County’s federal grant application to help fund broadband internet infrastructure – this time with President Joe Biden’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary.

During a meeting last week, Schumer urged nominee Tom Vilsack to prioritize funding for universal access to affordable broadband access – starting with approval of Livingston County’s $11 million grant request through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program.

“The current public health crisis is making it all too clear that the digital gap in communities across Upstate New York is far too wide,” said Schumer in a statement Tuesday. “Livingston County families, businesses, farms, and communities need and deserve top-notch high-speed broadband to help them stay connected during these difficult times and to be competitive as the economy eventually recovers. As incoming Senate Majority Leader, I promise to continue fighting tooth and nail to secure funding that brings 21st century telecommunications technology to our rural economies across Upstate.”

Livingston County News – The Daily News

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