On February 18, 2021 the Common Council of the City of Albany passed Local Law G of 2018. This local law establishes the City of Albany Commission on Municipal Internet Service. This is the first step in improving resident internet connectivity and access to internet services in a meaningful way. During the pandemic it became clear that not every employee or student in the City of Albany has reliable and affordable internet connectivity. The Council and the City of Albany is committed to making sure that all neighborhoods in the City of Albany work and work well. Watch the meeting where local law was passed.
The Albany Common Council is currently seeking applicants for the newly created Commission. Creating a high-speed, reliable, affordable and citizen-owned internet service has shown to be a major economic boost in municipalities where infrastructures like Albany's exist. During the legislative process, Councilmember Anane said, "We now know how essential it is to have a broadband connection in today's world. Now is the time to get this done." The need for reliable, stable internet for all was really highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic with so many employees, employers and students needing to work and have access to remote services.
The Council hopes that with the creation of this commission the digital desert will be eradicated and every neighborhood in Albany will have affordable, reliable internet access, ensuring that all neighborhoods work and everyone has an internet connection regardless of income levels or geographic locations.
Interested applicants can view the Call for Application. Submissions must be received by April 30, 2021.