ALBANY — Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to provide funding necessary to expand broadband service statewide, especially in rural communities where access remains a serious problem.

Gallivan said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic makes broadband access more essential than ever.

“As New Yorkers continue to work remotely and students are forced to learn virtually, access to quality broadband services is critical,” he said in a news release. “While the state has invested in the expansion of broadband, it has not done enough and too many rural communities remain cutoff from these essential services. Broadband access is not a luxury, it is a necessity.”

In a recent letter to Cuomo, Gallivan said it is vital that all un-served rural communities be afforded such access and he urged the governor to renew efforts to do so without delay.

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