The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming initiatives announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in the second of his State of the State addresses.
"We definitely welcome initiatives around broadband access and the acceleration of the revival of the arts," says Garry Douglas, Chamber President. "The pandemic has, once and for all, established that broadband access is no longer a convenience but a necessity for daily life, including tele-health, tele-learning and tele-commuting. While the state helped to make great progress in broadband extension across the North Country in recent years, we all know that there are remaining areas, especially in the Adirondacks, that still need broadband infrastructure. And we have learned that affordability is in fact an issue for lower income families and many seniors as well. The broadband infrastructure front will be challenging given public finances at this point, but in addition to continued state attention we have growing expectations for a major federal infrastructure bill later this year that will most certainly prioritize remaining needs for rural broadband. This is something we will remain very engaged in."