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Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers in New York will be coming together to bring gigabit broadband to the whole county within three to five years.
The Westchester County Association announced today that it will be launching a public-private partnership to bridge the digital divide and spark innovation in the county’s four largest cities.
Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, White Plains and Yonkers will be coming together to seek joint funding, collaborate on digital projects and share best practices. The first step in this first-of-its-kind agreement will be to give every household, business, and healthcare and educational organization in these four cities access to gigabit broadband within the next three to five years.
“This is nothing short of revolutionary for our county,” said William M. Mooney, Jr. the President and CEO of WCA.
Leaders from the county and the four partner cities have big plans for making the most out of their future gigabit connectivity, including opportunities to bring telemedicine, smart traffic controls, more online education, and more efficient emergency response to the region.
“Nothing will have transformed Westchester as much since the opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge 61 years ago," Mooney said.
Quinn Libson writes for Government Executive’s Route Fifty.