County Executives of America (CEA) has announced plan to bring free broadband wireless service to Bronx County households.
The free broadband wireless service will reach more than 400,000 households that at present do not have access to broadband. The plan also includes the creation of 15,000 job opportunities in Bronx County.
The nationwide initiative is a partnership between CEA and M2Z Networks and will require a stimulus package to the tune $122 million to jumpstart the availability of free broadband service in 12 member counties.
The announcements of the final recipients of the stimulus package will be made by NTIA by Sept. 30, which is subject to the FCC's (News - Alert) approval of use of airwaves for the free broadband plan.
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in his letter of support to the NTIA, wrote that important services will not be available at a rate that many residents and public safety agencies of Borough can afford. He added that the absent grant of the application means Bronx County will be unable to provide equal access of broadband services for the low income households that at present cannot afford these services due to the high costs involved.
John Muleta, CEO of M2Z (News - Alert) Networks, said that CEA had selected M2Z Networks to build out the networks in each county. He added that broadband services need to be made affordable and interoperable for public safety officials, educators, hospital administrators, librarians and county employees at every level. He also said that their partnership with CEA member communities like Bronx County was indicative of their commitment towards making free broadband service a reality for millions of Americans.
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Edited by Alice Straight