Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Congressman Scott Murphy Secures Millions for Rural Broadband

CONGRESSMAN MURPHY ANNOUNCES NEARLY $3.5 MILLION IN RURAL BROADBAND FUNDING TO EXPAND BROADBAND IN THE HUDSON VALLEY

$3.5 Million in USDA Funding Coming to Mid-Hudson Cablevision to Expand Service to Columbia and Greene Counties


Murphy: Expanding High-Speed Broadband to Rural Counties Essential to Renewing Upstate New York’s Economy
 

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) announced that Mid-Hudson Cablevision will receive $3,473,919 in USDA funding for rural broadband infrastructure projects.  After speaking with James Reynolds, President of Mid-Hudson Cablevision, Murphy sent letters and made calls in support of their application, in addition to working with the USDA.

This funding will allow Mid-Hudson Cablevision to expand coverage in Columbia and Greene counties, specifically the Towns of Ashland, Jewett, Lexington, Cairo, Catskill, Windham, Coxsackie and New Baltimore in Greene County, and The Towns of Taghkanic, Copake, Claverack, Ghent, Chatham, Hillsdale and Austerlitz in Columbia County.  Rural broadband funding is critical to creating new local jobs, and expanding long-term economic development opportunities for communities.

“This is great news for the Hudson Valley.  Expanding rural broadband in our Upstate communities is key to building businesses and creating jobs,” said Rep. Murphy.  “This is one of the most critical issues for our rural communities.  This project will benefit everyone from farmers and small businesses looking to sell their products online, to volunteer firefighters needing high-speed Internet to keep the public safe.  Broadband investments like this are a critical component of my Renew Upstate New York plan, and will help ensure the 20th District becomes a leader in the 21st century economy.”

“We are very pleased to receive the news that we are being awarded this grant,” said James Reynolds, President of Mid-Hudson Cablevision.  “These tax payer dollars will help us to continue the work we have been engaged in for 30 plus years.  This government support will help make it possible to  extend service to rural marketplaces that would otherwise be very difficult reach.  We will be moving as quickly as possible to move forward with the  outlined in our proposal and certainly appreciate all of the support and assistance that we received from Congressman Scott Murphy.”

Congressman Murphy is continuing to travel around the district to work with private industry and the communities of the 20th District to build on his plan to Renew Upstate New York’s economy.  More information on Murphy’s Renew Upstate New York economic development plan is available at http://www.ScottMurphy.house.gov/RenewUpstateNewYork.



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