Smullen Prepares Broadband Bill For 2022 Session

Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) has drafted a bill in partnership with Sen. Joseph A. Griffo to strengthen and enhance broadband capabilities across all of New York. Dubbed the ‘Regional Broadband Expansion and Access Program (RBEAP),’ the bill would help to decentralize the current "New NY Broadband" process and allow localities to work together and design regionally based plans to ensure internet access to every citizen in their area. An avid proponent of expanded broadband infrastructure, Smullen is tackling the issue head-on.

​​“For too long, New York’s broadband infrastructure has failed to appropriately accommodate the needs of New Yorkers in rural areas. My bill will help serve those people in New York with zero internet access by giving them the freedom to design their infrastructure as needed,” Smullen said. “With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting us, we truly became a ‘remote world,’ with work, school, telehealth and more dominating our means of business and communication. To support this ever-advancing technological leap, we need to recognize as a state that reliable broadband is becoming a necessity, not a luxury.”

“The strength of the bill really lies in its ability to empower localities to coordinate with broadband companies on a level playing field. I look forward to passing this bill and helping the local townships secure the best broadband for their areas,” Smullen concluded.