10 reasons why Buffalo should offer high speed access to all residents
The internet is important. It’s important for business, and it’s important for people to stay informed.
I think the City of Buffalo should place itself apart from other cities by offering residents free internet access.
Take some of the money from Tourism and business developement, and use it to buy in bulk from the two suppliers in Buffalo. This would do a number of things:
1. It would be a fee break. You can all this a tax break, or a fee break, or whatever, but businesses and residents would pay less.
2. It would be national news. (Ergo, no need to spend money on biz development and tourism)
3. It would set Buffalo apart as a place to do business. We could position ourselves as a place where information matters, and is free. We already offer huge tax breaks for moving here. We have money in place to attract businesses. Why not spend it this way?
4. A wired city is a more connected city.
5. It would be a step to stop us being positioned as poor, and instead have us be positioned as moving into where business is going
6. If the City of Buffalo is a business, then it makes good business sense to collectively buy a service from one of (or both of) the service providers at a cumulative discount. If we pool our cash, we get more for less. That’s a concept of capitalism.
7. It would make the city of Buffalo and attractive place to live for young people from the suburbs.
8. It would make Buffalo relevant for the right reasons.
9. Since cities compete with each other for businesses, a city will do this eventually. Being second isn’t news.
10. As part of free internet, residents agree to add content to Buffalo websites designed to attract tourists. Sites like Yelp, Google places, we as Buffalonians can promote our favorite places online to people who are thinking of a vacation. There are great places to eat, walk, see in our city. Sure it has some warts, but in exchange for free internet access, the city asks that we accentuate the good. Promote ourselves.
Stand up and be heard.
What do you think?
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