Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today voted to advance the Eliminating Barriers to Rural Internet Development Grant Eligibility (E-BRIDGE) Act.
“I am proud to support and advance legislation that will directly impact North Country communities,” Stefanik said. “The E-BRIDGE Act will strengthen the North Country’s access to broadband, support our small businesses, and help attract new businesses to our region. This legislation is now one step closer to becoming law, and I remain committed to making access to broadband a reality for the North Country.”
This legislation would provide rural communities with access to Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants to develop high-speed broadband. This bill removes hurdles for broadband projects under EDA grants, including difficult last-mile efforts that often delay rural broadband deployment. It also ensures that local communities in the North Country would be able to partner with the private sector in carrying out these broadband projects.
Stefanik was a cosponsor of this legislation led by Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.).
Read the full text of the legislation here.