DiNapoli presents new broadband report in Hudson
Roger Hannigan Gilson is reporting for the Times Union one million state residents, or about 14 percent of the population, still have no broadband internet, and low-income residents are far more likely to lack the service. New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli came to Hudson on Sept. 14, to present the findings of his report with other elected officials. According to the the Federal Communications Commission, or the FCC, more than 98 percent of residents have access to broadband, this just means the service is offered at their place of residence, the report found. A lack of broadband was disproportionately concentrated in poor and elderly households, DiNapoli said. The study found that 36.2 percent of households with incomes less than $20,000 had no broadband, while only 4.5 percent of households with incomes above $75,000 lacked the service. At the press conference, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado compared the government’s efforts to provide broadband to all corners of the state to President Franklin Roosevelt's Rural Electrification Act of 1936, which brought electricity to farming communities across the country. In the Hudson Valley, Greene County had the highest proportion of people without broadband at 18.2 percent, while Putnam had the lowest, with 6.5 percent. Read the full story in the Times Union.