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Syracuse Common Council Urges Verizon to Bring FiOS to City Residents

Common Council unanimously votes to deploy all fiber-optic network within Syracuse
“Verizon’s refusal to deploy FiOS in Syracuse deprives residents”

Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse Common Council unanimously voted for Verizon to deploy the FiOS fiber-optic network in the City of Syracuse. The resolution highlights the essential role that high speed broadband networks play in economic expansion, education, and public safety. Thus far, Verizon has refused to build the 100% fiber-optic network that delivers the industry’s state-of-the-art telecommunications product in urban communities like Syracuse while investing in affluent suburban communities, like Skaneateles, Camillus, and DeWitt.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner

“Creating a twenty-first century City is only possible when we have the infrastructure in place to achieve our goals,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “We need roads and bridges to get people and goods from place to place, but we also need the high quality digital infrastructure to move information and ideas—the currency of a new economy. Corporations need to be leaders in laying down job-creating fiber networks across our country, and we need to foster a regulatory environment where cities like Syracuse can compete.”

The City’s lack of fiber-optic connection and competitive broadband speeds has caused businesses to leave Syracuse and prevented businesses from locating within the City. It also puts the City’s largely low-income and minority school district at further disadvantage compared to their suburban counterparts.

Since the telecommunications industry underwent deregulation, companies like Verizon have been allowed to cherry-pick where they offer the best products and service leading to monopolies,high prices, and de facto segregation of service. The appetite for increasing shareholder revenue rather than providing universal quality service is hurting residents of Syracuse. The resolution,which passed unanimously on Monday, August the 25th, calls on Verizon to rectify the discrepancy by offering FiOS service in Syracuse.

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Common Council Majority Leader Helen Hudson

Common Council Majority Leader Helen Hudson said: “As a telecommunications provider;
Verizon should deploy its fiber-optic network to all communities in the region it serves. Syracuse is the hub of our county yet our residents, students, and businesses do not have access to the same modern network virtual all of our neighboring communities do. In order to retain and grow business and residents Syracuse need the cutting edge network Verizon FiOS brings to a community.”

Prominent local leaders joined the chorus for better service:

“I fully support the Common Council’s resolution in support of expanding access to high-speed Internet and video in the city of Syracuse. I will continue to work with my colleagues in government to strongly encourage Verizon to deploy a network here, which will enhance quality of life for city residents, improve safety and enhance economic development.” State Senator David Valesky.

“Expanding FiOS beyond the Onondaga County suburbs and into the City of Syracuse will be good for our local economy and create much needed middle class jobs for our region.” President, CWA Local 1123 Chris Ryan.

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