Winner surveys opinions on broadband development

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

State Sen. George Winner announces that his online “Quick Poll” is offering an

opportunity for area residents to share their views on the issue of

expanding high-speed Internet services across upstate New York.

“I believe that broadband development has become fundamental to the

success of the upstate region,” said Winner, noting that the Legislative

Commission on Rural Resources (LCRR), which he chairs, has estimated that

at least 750,000 rural New Yorkers do not have high-speed Internet access

through either cable modem, DSL, fiber, or wireless service.

Residents of Winner’s 53rd Senate District, which includes Yates County, can register

their responses to the following “Quick Poll” question: “Should state government make broadband development across upstate New York a priority in

2009?”

To participate in Winner’s “Quick Poll,” visit www.senatorwinner.com and scroll to the bottom of the home page.

The LCRR has just issued a new report summarizing local, state, and federal efforts to expand the availability of high-speed Internet services to the residents of rural regions.  The new report, “Examples of Current Approaches to Rural Broadband Deployment,” is available online at

www.senatorwinner.com or by contacting Winner’s office in Bath (607-776-3201),

Elmira (607-732-2765), or Albany (518-455-2091).

Two years ago, Winner sponsored a new law directing several state agencies to examine strategies for expanding high-speed Internet access to rural and other underserved areas.  He said that the subsequent report from the Empire State Development Corporation offered a broad set of recommendations that can continue to help guide the state’s broadband

expansion efforts.

Winner also noted that President-elect Barack Obama has identified expanding broadband Internet access as one of the central goals of his mrecently announced national economic recovery plan.

“Our new report highlights some of the strategies individual communities are using to bring the  excitement and prosperity of a high-tech future to rural communities in upstate New York and across America,” said Winner.  “So I’m hopeful that we will remain focused on the

need for a bipartisan, widespread commitment to broadband development.”