State of New York Archives: on Technology


Zephyr Teachout: Open universal broadband: 21st Century Internet

Like electricity, water, and telephones, Internet today is an essential service. In order for New York citizens to participate in our 21st century democracy and economy, we need a 21st century Internet: service that is open, universal, affordable, and world-class.

At present, we are staggeringly far from that reality. Huge swaths of New York State lack reliable broadband infrastructure. Slow and spotty Internet access is a problem in New York City, Long Island, throughout the Southern Tier lakeside, along the St. Lawrence, and everywhere in between. In some commercial districts it's still difficult to get a broadband connection at all.

Worse, deficiencies in this essential service also compound inequality. Inadequate broadband infrastructure and unnecessarily high prices exclude members of underserved communities and low-income residents from accessing resources online in their homes. Yet we know that affordable, high-speed, broadband Internet is critical for finding work in today's economy.

Source: 2014 N. Y. Governor campaign website, ZephyrTeachout.com Jul 2, 2014

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