The mayor realizes how important broadband is to the city’s future, but her approach to enter into becoming a service provider is off mark. The government should enter into a business enterprise ONLY when it is not feasible for a private company. Syracuse already has two retail communications provider and others that serve businesses. It is correct that communications companies are challenged to build last-mile infrastructure so maybe they should consider constructing infrastructure and lease access to different communications providers.
The mayor says high speed internet should be a public service, almost as important as trash pick-up and water.
Miner said high-speed internet is “the modern day equivalent of infrastructure.”
She adds, “It’s clear that broadband is going to be a foundation of our new economy.”