ONEONTA- An overwhelming topic of concern for rural New York State is the lack of broadband. Broadband is access to high-speed Internet. Thousands of rural Americans currently go without this tool of communication; so on Friday, this topic of concern was discussed during a roundtable at Hartwick College.
“What is essential is getting this expanded broadband,” said Congressman John Faso. “This is so we are touching more people in rural areas.”
Local members from across the state met to discuss these issues with the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, Anne Hazlett.
Hazlett made the trip from Washington, D.C. to Oneonta to hear each member of state and local communities on what they proposed concerning issues. Issues ranged from job growth in rural areas to bringing broadband to rural areas.
“I think broadband offers what people want in the places they live,” said Anne Hazlett. “That access is often foundational.”
Hazlett born and raised in Indiana has developed broadband services in her home state. Looking forward to the future she is looking to help rural New York State in Washington.
“A lot of people leave their community because they are looking for economic development,” said Hazlett. “Bringing broadband to these areas could possibly help this.”