Governor should see for himself the big internet gaps in Orleans, Niagara

Posted 14 January 2021 at 9:49 am


To Governor Cuomo, in your State of the State address you proclaim that 98% of New York State is covered by internet broadband.

I have driven every road in Orleans and Niagara County with Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey. We are members of the Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance (NORA) spearheading broadband connectivity throughout both counties. NORA has mapped every single address point with the excellent help of our county Planning Departments, proving coverage is lacking by a minimum of 20%.

Governor Cuomo, please visit our rural areas and see for yourself. The help we plead for is to open the USDA Rural Development application period now so that we can apply for funding to get our residents internet.

I appreciate your desire to aggressively build our broadband connectivity. Start here.

Lynne M. Johnson

Chairman, Orleans County Legislature