U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Hartwick College

Hartwick College Welcomes U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

August 28, 2013

This afternoon, Hartwick College hosted U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who delivered a press conference on the College campus.

During the conference, Senator Gillibrand discussed her proposal to bring broadband Internet access to rural communities, which was included in the Senate-passed version of the Farm Bill.U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Hartwick College

"Expanding broadband access creates jobs and helps communities grow," said Gillibrand. "Over 11,000 people in Otsego County would benefit from increased access to broadband services ... I remain committed to this effort."

With approximately 1.1 million New Yorkers who still do not have broadband access, Senator Gillibrand's provision would increase access to rural broadband by creating a new grant component to the current Broadband Loan Program, setting up a "one-stop-shop" in the federal government for private sector providers and state and local governments to acquire funding and resources to deliver high-speed Internet to businesses and families. 

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Hartwick College

"Hartwick College has one goal - to help eager students further their education so that they can be prepared for a lifetime of personal and professional success," shared Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich in her introduction of the Senator.

"For decades Hartwick has provided its students and campus community access to internet-based resources.  Our fervent belief in the importance of providing this access to all who seek it has led Hartwick to agree to host an installation of the ION statewide fiber optic network on our campus. This network will provide rural New York state communities the opportunity to connect to the information superhighway. As educators we know the importance of providing students, on our campus and in our community, access to internet-based resources. It is our belief in the importance of providing this access that makes us proud to host Senator Gillibrand today."

Other speakers who addressed conference attendees included Barbara Ann Heegan, executive director of the Otsego County the Chamber and Kathleen Clark, chair of the Otsego County Board of Representatives.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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