Brindisi holds town hall meeting to discuss rural broadband internet

Rep. Brindisi wants to hold cable and internet providers accountable for not giving rural areas what they are "paying for".

Posted: Aug 6, 2019 10:45 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2019 11:02 PM

SHERBURNE, N.Y.- Residents of rural areas struggling to get high speed internet and cable television could be getting some help soon.

Congressman Anthony Brindisi held a town hall meeting at Sherburne-Earlville Middle School Tuesday night, hearing concerns and complaints from residents of Chenango and Madison counties.

Topics discussed were having no or limited internet and cable.

The biggest complaints discussed at the meeting were cable bills increasing, and citizens not getting what they are paying for with broadband coverage.

“When it comes to an issue like high speed internet, broadband coverage, cell phone coverage, this is an area where people are being taken advantage of by these big corporations out there who are really out to just make a profit and not do the things that they are supposed to do, like follow through on internet speeds that they advertise. Or expand into areas that they promise they are going to expand to,” said Brindisi.

Brindisi says he plans to hold cable and internet providers like Spectrum, AT&T, DirectTV, and Frontier accountable, and wants to take the concerns and complaints that the Chenango and Madison county residents brought to his attention at Tuesday’s meeting to Washington to be heard by Congress.

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