New York Cities Pin Economic Growth on $750M Gigabit Internet Plan

An unprecedented $750 million plan to launch an ultra-fast internet service in Westchester County’s four largest cities was unveiled Thursday as one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects since opening the Tappan Zee Bridge and Metro-North railroad.

Instead of just connecting local communities with cars and trains, project organizers said the cutting-edge internet service would allow Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers to tap into an exclusive global network of high-speed information sharing that is fueling previously unthinkable economic growth.

“What we’re learning is that digital infrastructure can be every bit as important (as roads and bridges),” New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said. “As we come to rely on high-speed access to information – whether we are business, whether we are medical providers or whether we are residents – that kind of high-speed access is not going to be a luxury, it is going to be a requirement.”

“I regard this as our effort to stake a claim to the future,” Bramson said of the internet project.

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