Bill In Congress Would Expand Broadband Service In North Country

It can be very expensive for service providers like Westelcom in Watertown to bring high speed Internet to every corner of the north country. “It costs us $15,000 to $20,000 per mile to build out the fiber. If there’s only a couple of businesses or homes within that mile, then the cost per customer goes up,” said Paul Barton, president of Westelcom. That’s why U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is co-sponsoring a bill to get more funds for companies that provide broadband service to rural areas.

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