Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today led the New York Republican delegation in sending a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul calling on her to remove the state fiber fee preventing broadband buildout throughout the state in the final New York State budget.
 
“Governor Hochul has allowed this devastating fee to continue for too long, adding additional expenses for broadband buildout and preventing access for families in Upstate New York and the North Country,” Stefanik said. “I’m calling on Governor Hochul to end this harmful fee inhibiting broadband buildout immediately. While the state continues in their incompetence at the expense of our rural communities, I am proud to continue pushing for results until every family in Upstate New York and the North Country can access affordable high-speed internet from their homes, schools, and businesses.”
 
In October, Stefanik led a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) calling attention to the fact that New York State’s practice prevents broadband buildout in the state and requested the FCC investigate and preempt New York State’s practice preventing broadband buildout in the state by imposing fees in violation of federal law.
 
Read the full letter here.