A bill that CWA members in District 1 strongly supported – A6679/S8805 – to expand broadband and fiber optic services, was passed by both the New York Assembly and the New York Senate this week. It will now head to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk for a signature.
Access to affordable high-speed internet is vital, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic with millions of New Yorkers working and schooling from home, yet too many people have been left behind. The bill requires the New York Public Service Commission to assess and map the availability, reliability, and affordability of high-speed broadband internet access within New York State, a vital step in helping get affordable broadband access to all New Yorkers. CWA members throughout New York made phone calls to speak with legislators about this important bill and sent hundreds of emails to help convince nearly every single one of them to vote YES to bring affordable broadband access to all New Yorkers.