Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref- Castleton) is co-sponsoring a bill that will repeal a tax that has caused many in New York state to go without broadband internet. The legislation, drafted by Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref- Watertown), will incentivize broadband providers to install services across the state, but especially in rural regions that are severely lacking access to reliable and high-speed internet.
Ashby believes by repealing this burdensome tax, an increasing number of New York state citizens will have quality internet that is essential in their daily lives. Due to the high costs of installing these services, providers across the state haven’t expanded broadband internet coverage, causing many to face high costs or to simply go without effective internet. This tax disproportionally impacts people in rural areas, widening the gap of opportunities.
“Access to high-speed and reliable internet is a necessity during these unprecedented times due to COVID-19,” said Ashby. “With millions of people across the state working and learning from home, the demand for basic internet services is at an all-time high. A person’s ability to work and learn from home shouldn’t be determined by what part of New York state they live in.”
As a co-sponsor of this legislation, Ashby is fighting to ensure that the people of New York have access to basic services. “People without these basic services are at a severe disadvantage,” said Ashby. “During these challenging and unpredictable times, internet services are essential and the people of New York deserve to have the best possible service.”