This Week's 'New York NOW' Poll Question

Apr 23, 2015


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Last Week's Results

Should expanding broadband opportunities be a high priority for New York?

Yes: 91%
No: 9%

Your thoughts on broadband opportunities:

Yes. Absolutely, it MUST for small businesses to survive and also for school children to remain competitive with their classmates who have access to DSL. Satellite internet service is VERY expensive for the comparatively SLOW speeds! -Karin E., West Kill

Yes. Telecommunications should be community-owned and community-operated for the benefit of each community's economy and cultural well-being.  Grant public money to the communities.  Grant NO public money to the telecoms.  Take a lesson from New Jersey's decades-long experience with Verizon's duplicitous thievery, and Gov. Christie's recent forgiveness of it at huge expense to New Jersey taxpayers in cash and lost opportunities. -Steve N., Canandaigua

Yes. Broadband should be high priority, especially in the rural upstate towns.   My town of Lexington, In Greene county is virtually void of technology advances because providers clam the distance between users makes providing service to expensive. Our population is moving away because people can't be connected. Our school enrollment drops every year. We provide 40% of NYC's drinking water daily, with no monetary gain to the town or population.  I think extra consideration should be given to our area by state government, to bring broadband connection, so our town would not only be a beautiful place, but a beautiful to live and raise a family. -John B., Lexington

Yes. Living in the Lexington, NY area, which is completely un-served, puts the entire community at a massive disadvantage. People looking to live in this area, which is ripe with talent and untapped potential, flat out refuse to buy homes once they find out broadband is not available. -Elisa E., West Kill

Yes. Our children now must have internet to do their class assignments. Some of the classes require watching online videos at home. The internet is a necessity for our children to thrive in this new technologically connected world. Every community needs broadband. -Jill C. West Kill

Yes. Let's help our citizens be equal! -Susan S., Schenectady

Yes. Biggest possible economic engine! -Stephen S., Hammon

Yes. Broadband is critical for building a sustainable economy in rural NY.  It is something that a single person cannot do alone - it must be done by community and state. -Jen C., Lexington

Yes. Exclusion of some children's access to high speed internet should be equated with denying them access to any other service that is part of their education.  I can imagine class action law suits in the future from parents whose children have this  disadvantage.  As a retired educator and parent, I know I would be leading this cause if I still had school age children at home! -Phyllis R., Lexington

Yes, of course. The internet should be considered a public utility. -Tom R., Hagaman

No. Why spend money to service a handful of rural areas when we should be competing for projects like Google Fiber to revive cities like Syracuse or Rochester. -Anonymous

Yes. We need high speed broadband now. -Robert C., Saranac Lake

Yes. There are many small rural communities that lack cable and internet access making it very difficult for our students, businesses and employees to complete their work. -Joe S., Lexington

Yes. Having access to broadband is necessary for children to be able to compete educationally. It is necessary for businesses as well. Areas without broadband will never be able to flourish. It will limit the prosperity of the community and ultimately negatively impact the entire state. -Rose P., Lexington

Yes. Urgently needed...mostly for those rural unserved communities that need broadband to remain competitive and connected. -Anonymous

Yes. Absolutely...unserved communities suffer huge disadvantages educationally and socially. -Anonymous

No. I don't know what good it would do. -Robert M., The Bronx

With increasing cost it is more necessary as all categories of persons depend on bb. -Ash R., Jamaica

Yes. Free or affordable broadband is an essential part of infrastructure within all successful economies. For education, commerce, safety, and general communication in the 21st century, New Yorkers need broadband to provide opportunities to remain relevant in today's economy. -John M., West Kill

Yes. The state should require the big providers to run service to hub points in the rural communities as a price of the privilege of doing business in NYS. Either they build it out or pay into the same fund that the governor established. -Alex C., NYC

Yes. In your report on NYS broadband you mistakenly showed a wireless provider as the one small provider. The mistake is that wireless broadband is form of technology which is unreliable and won't stand up to the very near future needs of the internet. And I believe wireless installation won't conform to the standards being developed for the NYS grants. You should consider other small 'wired' providers who have been partnering with towns for a few years to apply for grants for subsidies. It is these providers that will be able to provide the infrastructure for a rural New York. The other alternative is that the state develop some teeth in dealing with the large providers and tell them if they want franchises for the cities, they need to provide for the rural areas too. The US has the slowest speeds and the highest rates and providers like Comcast and Time Warner who are getting away with murder. -Bennett W., Lexington

Yes. By having broadband available at my home, it would make my property more marketable to people whose businesses or lives depend on connectivity.  People from metropolitan areas might consider relocating their businesses to rural areas if they could function here. This is 2015....small villages in Africa have broadband!  What's wrong here?? -Nina B., Lexington/West Kill

Yes. Its important this should be eligible to all. -Bill, Watertown

Yes. There are towns in rural New York that are totally cut off from the world of technology, not to mention economic development, due to the lack of broadband. Our kids are missing educational advances. -Dixie B., Lexington

No. Not if taxpayers have to pick up the tab. -Larry P., Great Neck

Yes. Residents living in towns without high-speed broadband are not able to live, learn nor communicate, especially in emergencies, as residents who have the luxury of broadband. -Anonymous

Yes. Opportunities of all sorts- economic development, education, services, entertainment- are comprised and very expensive in rural communities like my own. -Bev D., Lexington

Without internet, new businesses and residents won't come. And the Internet companies say they won't supply internet unless there are residences and businesses. It's a vicious circle. -Nora L., West Kill

Yes. It is almost impossible to compete in the job market when you're unable to do simple telecommuting tasks. It's frustrating and difficult for rural students. -Anonymous

Yes. This is critical infrastructure, today's equivalent of electrification or wired telephone service. America cannot remain strong without it. We must do it or suffer the consequences. -Lindsay S., Easton

Yes. All rural communities without broadband share a similar profile– populations skewed to the elderly, too few young families with children, too few entrepreneurs who depend on a connected world for their businesses to succeed. Often isolation and distance from doctors is an issue. Towns without broadband really experience a second tier citizenship. Acquisition of broadband has the potential to change that picture. Second homeowners can spend more time in the community working from remote offices. Real estate becomes more desirable and families feel assured their children will be able to compete in increasingly technological classrooms. Entrepreneurs, often bringing eco-friendly business to town, have the connectivity they need to operate. The potential for medical teleconferencing becomes real. Instead of decline, you have renewal and vitality. I co-chair the Lexington Broadband Initiative in Greene County. The proposed New York broadband expansion grants have given us an opportunity to form a partnership with a provider for what we hope will be a successful application. And with that, we know the future for us is one of promise. -Bonnie B., Lexington

Yes. I run a home business in a valley in Pittstown that has no cable, DSL, or other broadband, and only one bar of cell phone coverage.  By building $1,200 worth of antennas and repeater-amplifiers on my roof, I'm able to get partial broadband on my USB cell modem.  Typical speed is 100-200k.  Not Mega-bits.... KILO-bits. Faster than dial-up, but not by much. Forget tele-conferencing, movies, streaming video, or large data files.  I would gladly pay money to get decent broadband. -Charles W., Pittstown

Yes. Poor America. So little money. Why is High Speed internet easy and cheaper to find in Europe? Ah yes infrastructure spending. U.S. Is way behind and we have zero competition in our choices of Internet providers which, as a bastion of capitalism and free enterprise, seems distinctly unAmerican. -Nick T., Palenville

Yes. If all of China can provide broadband, one would think that perhaps New York could too. Also, it would indicate at least some interest in Upstate NY and the welfare of the people who do not live in the metropolitan NY area. -Anonymous

Yes. To maintain a plural, advanced, educated democracy, broadband Internet is critical.  Though most Internet use might be rubbish, an important fraction is for business and educational purposes.  To maintain and worsen the current gap between the information haves and have-nots will not help our state. -Kurt H., Schenectady

No. It should be down but not be a high priority.  There are things that should be a higher priority, such as the state economy, lowering taxes, etc. -Morris F., Brooklyn

No. Internet service should be available to all. The cost of providing broadband internet should be borne by the providers. They make obscene profits cherry picking densely populated areas while being allowed to ignore rural populations. The State should require them to serve all or none. -Rob H., Schoharie

Disclaimer: This is not a scientific poll. It is not intended to be viewed as representative of general public opinion. Rather, results indicate the opinions of a self-selecting group of online respondents which may or may not be representative of more widespread public opinion.

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