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Tonko Heralds $8.9 Million for NY-20 Schools & Libraries to Improve Broadband Access

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AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today announced that Capital Region schools and libraries are being delivered $8,907,780 in funding from the American Rescue Plan’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). The program, established under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), helps students connect to the internet at home by providing broadband access, laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, and other equi...

Tonko Secures Major Wins for Capital Region in Federal Budget

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Tonko announced today transformative investments delivered in H.R. 2471, bipartisan government funding legislation that will help working families with the cost of living, create American jobs, and support the vulnerable. “The historic investments advanced in our bipartisan omnibus package are a reflection of America’s deepest values,” Congressman Tonko said. “I’m proud ...

Tonko Cheers Report Highlighting Achievements of ACCESS BROADBAND Law

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul Tonko today applauded the findings of the recent report from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) detailing the accomplishments achieved as a result of the Congressman’s ACCESS BROADBAND Act, signed into law in 2020. “With this pandemic making remote work and learning the new normal for many of us, it is clear that internet access is...

Tonko Applauds Key Transportation Investments in Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced a number of major infrastructure provisions that he helped successfully push to include in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed out of the House. “For decades, we have put investments in critical infrastructure on the backburner, leaving communities unequipped to deal with crumbling roads and bridges, insufficient public tr...

Tonko Heralds $6 Million in COVID Relief to Expand Broadband for Local Students

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that nearly 20 schools across the Capital Region will be receiving a total of $6,015,990 to help expand and improve internet access for students and teachers. The funding is being administered by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program, established under the Tonko-backed American Rescue Plan to hel...

Tonko Delivers Improved Economic Lifelines for American Families & Businesses in House 2022 Budget

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered today’s successful vote in the House to advance Fiscal Year 2022 budget bills that include major provisions Tonko proposed and pushed for to support hardworking Americans and communities in need. These resources include major investments in weatherization assistance, broadband internet access, support for small businesses and more. The slate of provisio...

Tonko Heralds $330K for Albany Med Telehealth Broadband Program

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered news today that Albany Medical Center is being awarded $331,429 to support broadband telehealth services, specifically related to high risk pregnancy, postpartum care, opioid use disorder and general mental health care. Rep. Tonko—author of H.R. 1328, the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, which was signed into law last year—pushed for this funding in a letter to th...

Tonko Announces Launch of Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

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WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program has officially launched, and he is encouraging constituents to check if they are eligible to receive a discount on their monthly internet bill through the program. The new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will help millions of lower-income Americans afford their monthly internet bill. Congres...

Tonko Broadband Coordination Legislation Advances in Key House Vote

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered the advance of his bipartisan ACCESS BROADBAND Act (H.R. 1328) in the House last night as part of the omnibus federal spending bill H.R. 133, which also passed the Senate and is expected to be signed into law quickly by the President. Tonko’s coordination bill would make it easier for businesses and local leaders to bring federal funding to underser...

Tonko Fight for Federal Broadband Funding Pays Off with SpaceX Announcement

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WASHINGTON, DC—After leading a bipartisan and bicameral effort in Congress to demand that New York State be considered eligible for federal rural broadband funds, Congressman Paul D. Tonko announced today that $99,891,715 has been allocated to a new service provider in New York to deliver broadband access to parts of the Capital Region that are currently unserved. The funding will bring broadband ...

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