Washington, DC – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) has joined the Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus for the 115th Congress. The Rural Broadband Caucus is a bipartisan group of lawmakers working on solutions to expand broadband internet access.

“In a 21st century economy, North Country businesses and families need access to broadband so we can compete around the globe,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I was proud to lead several initiatives last Congress to help expand this critical 21st Century infrastructure, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus to advance bipartisan solutions.”

Last Congress, Rep. Stefanik led several initiatives to expand broadband access. Additionally, in May of 2016 and January of this year, she signed onto efforts requesting unused Connect America Funds remain in New York instead of being dispersed nationally. Recently, the FCC announced this funding would remain in New York to help rural communities expand broadband access.

“Expanding broadband access to our rural areas is a critical economic priority for our region and I commend Congresswoman Stefanik for her work on this effort,” said William G. Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. “By expanding access to broadband, our businesses will be able to better compete. I look forward to continuing to work with Congresswoman Stefanik to develop our region.”