Universal Broadband for everyone in Western NY
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The internet is and should be a public good and utility. More and more we all need or use it for education, to perform daily tasks, to work, communicate, and much more, but it also then costs a ton to get connected as well. You can spend $75 a month for Time Warner, $100 a month for an "unlimited data" plan with Verizon/AT&T, and even if you use DSL you can still spend that much. FIOS when it's available is just as expensive as cable internet. It means that if you don't have money, you don't have access leaving the poor and rural areas without it. With net neutrality at risk it also means that those providers can determine what you see and how much data you use/broadband. We need a public utility that can be both competition to the major networks to drive down prices and also offer access at reasonable cost to ALL households in the area. If we can have a Water Authority that provides our drinking water, we can have a Broadband Authority and build a network that works for everyone and not just the communications companies. It can help offer opportunity and access to education, training, jobs, and more to those who would have to travel to other places to access it and get free wifi.
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