Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Dryden on Wednesday to discuss the Infrastructure Act, which aims to bring broadband to rural areas in the state. The senator emphasized that access to broadband is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, especially during the ongoing pandemic.
According to Schumer, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will determine how much money New York will receive to expand broadband access. The funding will be allocated based on maps created by the FCC, which means that it is essential for residents to verify that their internet service information is accurate.
“We need everyone to make their voices heard and verify their internet services information is portrayed accurately to the feds. When it comes to the FCC, you’ve gotta be in it to win it. You’ve gotta be on the map that you don’t get internet to get the dollars,” said Senator Schumer.
Residents can check their internet service here and make any necessary changes. The senator urged the FCC to move quickly in reviewing challenges submitted by communities and to release the funding by June 2023. Once the funding is released, construction to provide high-speed internet in homes will begin.
Schumer also highlighted that $42 billion has been allocated for broadband expansion and another $14 billion has been set aside for those who can’t afford internet services. He noted that this initiative is similar to Franklin Roosevelt’s efforts to bring electricity to rural areas, and that it is important to ensure that all residents have access to the internet.
The deadline to update the FCC map is Friday, January 13th. Anyone without internet access at home can visit a local library and search for the “FCC Broadband Map” or click here to access the map and update their information. As the deadline approaches, Senator Schumer is urging residents to take action and ensure that their communities are included in the expansion of broadband access.
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