Mayor Brown discusses call for countywide broadband


Can countywide broadband become a reality? 

That is a question on the minds of some Erie County residents after County Executive Mark Poloncarz made the call in his State of the County address Wednesday.   

Rural areas are difficult. Choices are also limited in the City of Buffalo. 

The city has a non-exclusive franchise agreement with Spectrum, making it the only high-speed internet provider in city limits. 

Spectrum, who owns much of the city’s internet infrastructure, would have to sell some of that property to another provider. 

Another option would have a company like Verizon build its own infrastructure. 

News 4 spoke with Mayor Byron Brown on whether Poloncarz’s call for county-wide broadband would influence the city to revisit its agreement with Spectrum. 

Brown said Buffalo needs more competition and that the Spectrum agreements is not what is stopping Verizon from building its fiber optic service in Western New York. 

I think they are perfectly able to do that. I think it is a matter of wanting to invest the money. It’s a matter of wanting to invest the dollars, and I think it’s unfair that they will spend in some parts of the community, and not invest in other parts of the community, Brown said. 

Brown applauded both Blue Wireless and M&T Bank for providing Free WIFI in different parts of the city. News 4 has reached out to Verizon for comment in regard to this story. 

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