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Hearing focuses on need for broadband Internet

Rochester Business Journal
March 21, 2014

Federal lawmakers and business leaders were in Orleans County this week to discuss the need for expanded broadband Internet access for small businesses there.

The Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology conducted the hearing Thursday in Albion. Representatives from Internet providers and the business community testified, officials said.

“Small-business owners and farmers in rural America can use technology to grow their businesses, but they need broadband Internet access,” said subcommittee Chairman Rep. Christopher Collins, R-Clarence, whose 27th District in the House of Representatives extends from the Buffalo suburbs to Ontario County.

“When businesses invest, grow and hire, whole communities will benefit. Lack of access to broadband is one more roadblock among the many economic challenges rural small businesses have to work hard to overcome.”

Collins promised to work to remove regulatory and other barriers that limit expanded access to broadband in Orleans County and other rural areas.

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