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Poloncarz proposing high speed internet countywide

Posted at 7:05 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 19:05:56-04

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he wants to end the digital divide by offering high speed internet to all areas of the county.

Currently, rural areas including Springville and Concord have little to no internet access. One Springville resident tells 7 Eyewitness News that his only option is using a satellite provider, and he says speeds are often reduced during peak hours.

Poloncarz is proposing to borrow $20 million from the county to build a 360-mile fiber network.

Some Republican legislators are vowing to vote down the proposal. They say the funding should come from private companies.

Poloncarz will unveil his plan during his 'State of the County' address on Wednesday. If all goes according to his plan, high speed internet could be available countywide by 2021.