Even as municipal Wi-Fi has floundered nationwide, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer unveiled a plan to bring affordable broadband to the entire state. The plan would beef up the state’s economy, especially in long-depressed upstate New York, the governor said.

“It is as critical to the next-century economy as the Erie Canal was the last,” Spitzer said. “It is how information flows, and we are living in an economy where information is the commodity that matters and it is necessary that everyone is wired.”

South Korea has better access to broadband than the average kid in New YorkState, he said, “something is wrong.”

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