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Cuomo blocks bill to study lack of internet service in New York

Feb 02, 2021 2:47 pm
Sarah Taddeo reports for the Democrat and Chronicle that Gov. Andrew Cuomo killed a bill that would have required New York to study and map areas that lack high-speed internet. Cuomo gave the Comprehensive Broadband Connectivity Act a pocket veto, as he did not sign the measure in the 30 days following the end of the year. “It is incredibly disappointing that the governor has chosen to turn his back on rural New Yorkers and their continuing struggle for high-speed internet access by failing to enact this important measure,” said State Sen. George Borrello, a Republican from Chautauqua County who co-sponsored the bill. Cuomo did not comment on his veto of the legislation, but his advisor Rich Azzopardi said, "The legislation had a $3 million fiscal cost that occurred outside of the budget, thus it wasn't acted upon.... However, we agree with it in concept and will be including a proposal in the budget‎." Common Sense Media found that 27 percent of students in New York lack internet access, and that almost half of those are Black, Latino, or Native American. Read more about this story in the Democrat and Chronicle.
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