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A discussion hosted by Empire Report and AARP-New York this week discussed the need for universal broadband access in the state and passage of a bill in the state legislature aimed at gathering data that will help pinpoint rural and urban areas lacking the service.

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Tupper Lake is part of the Tri-Lakes area of the Adirondacks that includes Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Its primary draw is access to the surrounding mountains, lakes and the Wild Center. But its remote location makes accessible high-speed internet service access a challenge. A new grant will help the Town of Tupper Lake expand broadband service to businesses and some residents.

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It’s hard to work from home if you’re relying on dialup.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Democratic Representative Antonio Delgado of New York’s 19th district continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded on May 22.

During the coronavirus pandemic, as work and schooling have largely moved online, many communities across the Northeast are feeling left behind.

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With the pandemic bringing school and workplaces into the home for many people, gaps in high-speed internet are presenting new challenges.

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Albany County’s Hilltowns are finally getting high-speed internet this weekend. 

With most businesses shuttered and unemployment claims rising, the North County Chamber coordinated a virtual town hall this morning with the leaders of four northern New York counties to discuss the response to and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Guidance from officials was brief and firm: school and most work has to be done from home during the pandemic. But some of Berkshire County’s smallest communities are feeling the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak through their ongoing struggles with internet access.

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New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are accusing the federal government of excluding the state from a $20 billion fund to expand rural broadband.

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The importance of getting broadband service into underserved areas of the Adirondacks and North Country region was the focus of a recent forum in Plattsburgh.

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A New York Congressman and Illinois Senator have introduced a bill to increase access to broadband service for low-income residents.

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A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley wants the state comptroller’s office to audit broadband providers. She thinks some may be missing the mark.

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New York state legislators questioned state officials about the build-out of broadband internet service on Tuesday. The hearing at the state capitol served as an update on the state’s $500 million New NY Broadband Program.

House Passes Bills With Delgado's Broadband Measure

Jun 26, 2019
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Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has secured a broadband measure in a package of appropriations bills passed by the House of Representatives.

NY Rep Is Part Of House Task Force On Rural Broadband

May 14, 2019
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A New York congressman joined his colleagues Monday in moving toward achieving rural broadband for all.

Rep. Delgado Discusses Health Care, Broadband Needs

Mar 28, 2019
Congressman Antonio Delgado
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New York Congressman Antonio Delgado recently held a conference call with reporters, speaking to a wide range of issues during his second in-district work week since taking office.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announces broadband funding in Plattsburgh
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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants New York to be the first state to offer 100 percent broadband.  Phase Three to complete the goal is beginning, and the governor was in Plattsburgh Wednesday to announce that the North Country will receive substantial funding to fill in coverage gaps.

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State lawmakers from Berkshire County are optimistic about expanding broadband internet in the region after the Massachusetts House passed a $45 million broadband and capital bond bill. 

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Pittsfield Democrat Adam Hinds has been selected to represent the Massachusetts Senate at the Broadband & Cable Policy Summit, hosted by the National Conference of State Legislators in Colorado. 

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State grants will allow homeowners in Readsboro and Wilmington, Vermont to access broadband internet. 

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Small business owners celebrated the expansion of broadband internet with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in West Stockbridge Tuesday. Baker says the state’s $1.6 million investment in the Last Mile of broadband connectivity has brought a lot of Western Massachusetts into the 21st century. 

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New York’s junior U.S. senator and lieutenant governor were in Plattsburgh this afternoon to promote new legislation that would help expand broadband in rural areas of the state.

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Update: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the legislation into law Jan. 22, 2016.

Legislation awaiting Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s signature would allow the town of Mount Washington to build, own and operate its own broadband internet network and it comes amidst a regional effort to connect.

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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul Friday announced a new $1 billion public-private partnership to bring high-speed broadband Internet service with at least 100 megabytes per second of service by 2018.

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New York's attorney general has asked three major Internet providers to validate claims that customers are getting the access speed promised, especially for premium services.

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With an important visitor on the way, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik made the rounds in a portion of her district Wednesday.

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In her first visit to the region since taking office earlier this month, New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Lake Placid this morning to preview a plan that will see a billion dollars invested in broadband development across the state.

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The telecommunications company VTel is rolling out a statewide high-speed communications network that will serve sections of rural Vermont.

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Putney voters say a few hundred residents do not have access to affordable broadband Internet and they want Vermont lawmakers to change that.

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Governor Cuomo on Friday announced $9 million dollars in grants for five broadband projects in the upstate region.

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