Canton, NY, Jun 24, 2011 — The annual Agriculture Appropriations Act passed by the U.S. House last week made sweeping cuts to programs ranging from infant nutrition to genetically engineered salmon.
Thanks to an amendment sponsored by Rep. Bill Owens, it still includes some funding for expansion of broadband Internet to rural areas. The Owens amendment saved $6 million.
That's still a significant cut from the original $22 million and even the reduced allocation is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate.
Either way, many rural residents will be left with the much slower dial-up Internet.
Slic Network Solutions is a Potsdam-based Internet provider. The Company has been using funding from last year's appropriations bill to expand high-speed access along dozens of rural North Country roads. That money isn't affected by the latest cuts.
Slic's President, Phil Wagschal, told Steve Knight that's OK for now, but in the long-term, more government help is vital. Go to full article