Yup. many neighbors have some of the slowest speeds around, or none. This is completely unacceptable in 2019. Since it’s an election year, I sent out questions to the folks running for Erie County Executive to see what they had to say about it. It is troubling that my neighbors ONE house down can’t even enjoy Netfilx! It was a bit of a struggle, but I got answers from BOTH candidates.
Slow to no internet in and around Newstead has been a burden to residents and has been hampering growth for years. The whole world is digital now from where we order stuff, to ride haling services, prescription refills, and everything else you can think of. Fast internet is also needed for the schoolkids. We are now going into 2020 and there are neighbors of mine (the next house down as a matter of fact) that can only access internet through ridiculously expensive (and slow) satillight, DSL (might as well be dial up), and some other slow service. If you are lucky enough to have Spectrum, they have spotty service, and now they are raising prices again because they have a monopoly and they can.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz has proposed “Erienet” which would be run by the county to get fast internet to us in agriculture areas. He talked about it back in March(?), but hasn’t said much since.
Since the election is coming up, and I have people complaining about this to me daily, I decided to write to both candidates for County Executive regarding this issue. I asked them both about their plans to address our internet desert. I heard back from both of their campaigns, and here are their responses for you:
Thanks for your email. ErieNet is full steam ahead! Just yesterday in the 2020 budget presentation we announced $250,000 in funding for the initial design and business planning of ErieNet. This funding will enable the Department of Environment and Planning to hire a specialized IT contractor to begin the key preparatory work needed to start construction on ErieNet.