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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, on Wednesday announced she has joined the Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus, a bipartisan coalition of House members.

"In a 21st century economy, North Country businesses and families need access to broadband so we can compete around the globe," Stefanik said in a press release.

The caucus has 55 members -- 33 Republicans and 22 Democrats -- from 26 states.

Stefanik is the only member from New York.

Reps. Kevin Kramer, R-N.D., Bob Latta, R-Ohio, Mark Pocan, D-Wisc., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., established the caucus in 2016.

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman William Farber praised Stefanik for advocating on broadband issues.

"Expanding broadband access to our rural areas is a critical economic priority for our region, and I commend Congresswoman Stefanik for this effort," he said, in a press release.

Click here and here to read about broadband legislation Stefanik previously has advocated for. 

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