Erie County, N.Y., Mulls Borrowing for Huge Fiber Project

Government Technology: Erie County, N.Y., Executive Mark Poloncarz says he's done waiting for private corporations to close the digital divide in Erie County, which has left thousands of residents in underserved communities with low-quality or nonexistent Internet access.

So, Poloncarz wants the county to borrow $20 million to lay down roughly 360 miles of fiber lines —enough to bring high-speed Internet access to every town and city in Erie County, from Grand Island to Sardinia and from the West Side to the East Side of Buffalo.

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