Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik issued the following statement on the repeal of the New York State fiber fee in the New York State’s budget:
“After months of bipartisan advocacy, I am proud to announce the repeal of the New York State fiber fee,” Stefanik said. “This is a long overdue step, yet there is still more work to do to eliminate Albany’s red tape that hampers broadband buildout in rural communities. I will 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.”
Last week, Stefanik led the entire New York Republican Delegation in sending letter to Governor Hochul calling on her to remove the state fiber fee in the final New York State budget. This advocacy was joined by a number of state and local elected officials across Upstate New York and the North Country who have been working to repeal the fiber fee.
In November, Stefanik urged Governor Hochul to end a New York State Department of Transportation fiber optic project survey policy that severely inhibits the deployment of fiber optic cable in rural areas of New York.
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 and requested the FCC investigate and preempt New York State’s practice preventing broadband buildout by imposing fees in violation of federal law.