Representative Anthony Brindisi

Representing the 22nd District of New York

VIDEO: BRINDISI PASSES AMENDMENT TO HELP EXPAND RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS

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April 10, 2019
Press Release

Brindisi: Internet Access is Essential in Today’s Economy, We Need to Do More to Connect Rural Areas to High-Speed Broadband.

 

Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) today successfully included an amendment to H.R. 1644 to help expand rural broadband access for Upstate New Yorkers. 

The House of Representatives passed the Save the Internet Act of 2019 (H.R. 1644), legislation to keep the internet open and free and restore net neutrality protections.

Brindisi’s amendment directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to issue a report about the ways in which the U.S. government can promote the build-out of high-speed broadband infrastructure, especially in rural and other unserved areas. The report will include a list of recommendations to Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure rural areas are provided affordable high-speed broadband access. 

 

Clip available to download here.



“The free market is the cornerstone of America’s economy, and this bill would ensure that free market competition is protected on the internet. However, for many Upstate New Yorkers, basic internet access remains out of reach. Internet access is essential in today’s economy, and we need to do more to connect rural areas to high-speed broadband,” said Brindisi on the House floor.

Brindisi’s remarks as prepared for delivery are below: 

Mr. /Madam Chair, I would like to thank the gentleman from Pennsylvania for his leadership on this important topic.

The free market is the cornerstone of America’s economy, and this bill would ensure that free market competition is protected on the internet.

However, for many Upstate New Yorkers, basic internet access remains out of reach. Too many homes in rural areas are not connected at all to high-speed broadband, and those that are online suffer from slow speeds and constant interruptions in service.

Customers see their bills go up month after month, and service just gets worse and worse.

Internet access is essential in today’s economy, and we need to do more to connect rural areas to high-speed broadband. My amendment would direct the Government Accountability Office to issue recommendations on how to expand broadband internet service in rural and other unserved areas.

This information will help guide our work on how to best expand broadband access in rural communities.

I urge adoption of my amendment.

I again thank the gentleman from Pennsylvania for his leadership on this bill, and I urge our colleagues to pass the underlying legislation.

Thank you Mr./Madam Chair, I reserve the balance of my time.

 

Watch Brindisi speak on the House floor about his amendment: