Gillibrand aims to increase broadband

By WBNG News

July 12, 2013 Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 6:59 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) While Congress continues to wangle over a new Farm Bill, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing to provides rural farmers better connections.

In Watkins Glen, Friday, Gillibrand outlined her proposal in the Senate version to expand broadband access in rural areas.

She says 1.1 million people in New York don't have access to high speed internet, including farmers.

Gillibrand says other priorities for the Farm Bill include expanding markets for farmers and increasing the availability of locally grown food.

"Well our families need fresh wholesome nutritious food locally
grown food that's not expensive or refrigerated for weeks to get to them that can just come right from the farm to the table" said Gillibrand.

She says a provision in the bill would create a new grant within the current Broadband Loan Program.

It would provide one-stop access for state and local governments and private providers to apply for federal funding.