Legislator Meyers calls for county-wide high speed internet

CHEEKTOWAGA – Erie County Legislator Tim Meyers has introduced legislation calling for the establishment of a county-wide broadband network that would allow for high speed and universal Internet access to all county residents.

The proposal comes on the heels of a Buffalo News article that highlighted “digital deserts” within the county that limits access to the Internet or broadband/high-speed Internet.

It calls for the county to re-establish the Erie County Broadband Committee and to work with municipalities, colleges, state and local agencies, and authorities to establish an open-access network.

“This is an issue that affects the city, the suburban, and the rural districts alike. The re-establishment of the Erie County Broadband Committee and coordination by local governments and community partners will go a long way to ensuring equitable Internet access for small businesses and families who depend on it for their livelihoods and their day to day lives” said Mr. Meyers.

He says a lack of reliable Internet access has been statistically shown to have a correlation with poor educational outcomes and increased levels of income inequality and problems for people seeking employment opportunities.

A copy of Legislator Meyers’ resolution can be found at http://www2.erie.gov/legislature/sites/www2.erie.gov.legislature/files/uploads/Session_Folders/2019/5/19Intro.5-6.pdf.

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