Rep. Antonio Delgado Welcomes Schoharie County Business Owner to Committee Hearing on Rural Digital Entrepreneurship
WASHINGTON, DC – At a Small Business Committee hearing today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) introduced and asked questions of hearing witness Bill Ingersoll, a NY-19 resident who testified about his experience starting a successful online business. Ingersoll grew up racing motocross in Sloansville, NY before suffering a severe spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. That led to Ingersoll start his own business selling ATV parts through his eBay store, Bikes, Trikes, and Quads.
At the Committee hearing today, Ingersoll and Delgado discussed the importance of rural broadband. “It’s clear that reliable internet access is critically important for someone like you to reach your customers. Twenty-five percent of my home district doesn’t have a broadband subscription,” Delgado said. Ingersoll shared how reliable internet access is “essential to even the playing field,” as spotty internet access can make it much more difficult for rural businesses to compete with those in more urban areas.
Delgado also raised the threat of United States Postal Service (USPS) privatization, stating, “Like broadband, we need universal affordable postal service that ensures rural businesses can reach their customers.” Ingersoll expressed concerns about USPS privatization, as private mail companies charge rural surcharges, making it more difficult for rural companies to be competitive with larger companies.
As a member of the Small Business Committee, Delgado has focused on key economic priorities for Upstate New York. During a recent hearing, Delgado highlighted challenges faced by small farms seeking to expand their markets. He has also emphasized the importance of expanding rural broadband access so businesses can prosper in Upstate New York. Delgado has sat down with business owners throughout the 19th Congressional District to hear their priorities, and recently addressed the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce.