Miner, Maffei call for more broadband access for Syracuse

David J. Valesky

May 22, 2014

by Eric Reinhardt

Date: 5/16/2014 at 15:56:2

SYRACUSE — A new local coalition will advocate for more broadband-Internet access for Syracuse.

The coalition, the Alliance for Reliable, Competitive High speed Internet (ARCH), will include community members, elected leaders, and business owners.

That’s according to a joint news release from the offices of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and U.S. Representative Daniel Maffei (D–DeWitt).

Miner, Maffei, New York State Senator David Valesky (D–Oneida) made the announcement this morning at Syracuse City Hall.

“Ensuring everyone in Syracuse has access to quality, competitive telecom services is key to creating the jobs and economy of a [21st] century city,” Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said in the news release.

The new ARCH coalition will host community education meetings across Syracuse to raise awareness of broadband Internet-policy issues, including the lack of fiber-optic cable throughout the city of Syracuse, according the news release. 

In addition to Miner, Maffei, and Valesky, the ARCH coalition also includes Onondaga County Legislator Linda Ervin, New York State Assemblyman Samuel Roberts (D–Syracuse), and groups that include the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse, Citizen Action of New York, Association of Retired Americans, and We Are New York, according to the news release.