Digital connectivity brings concrete results to communities.
Advocacy for a Clear, Consistent Broadband Infrastructure and Digital Connectivity Policy
The WCA is advocating for: the development of a municipal list of do’s and don’ts and municipal codes for the region in cable franchising, fiber and small cell use of public rights of way, federal and state legislation and programs that provide predictable and standardized approaches to the deployment of 5G and broadband infrastructure and that also maintain the current light touch approach to regulation of broadband and wireless service, and support for proposed federal recovery and infrastructure legislation that includes funding for non-rural areas including the Hudson Valley.
By partnering with national trade associations like WIA (Wireless Infrastructure Association), CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association), and state associations and groups like NYSWA (New York State Wireless Association) and NYers for 5G, we can amplify efforts to build support for local 5G and broadband infrastructure projects.
Digital Technologies Stakeholder Group
By bringing together key stakeholders, organizing content, and initiating new collaborations across sectors where digital connectivity and innovation are a major post-pandemic focus — including colleges and universities, healthcare, real estate and commercial offices, transportation and smart city applications — the WCA is the premier venue and clearinghouse for high level education and networking in this area.
In addition to working with its telecom and technology business members to advance these initiatives, the WCA has built a substantial network of collaborative partners in the region and beyond, including numerous organizations like the STEM Alliance, which recently launched its “Digital Equity Now” Initiative, Nonprofit Westchester, Westchester Library System, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Y-ZONE: A Digital Opportunity Zone
The Y-Zone is a community-based program that empowers residents to be more successful in our digital world. Through partnerships with local organizations, the Y-Zone helps eligible Yonkers residents receive free or low-cost digital resources.
Community events are regularly scheduled throughout the Yonkers area. Click here to for dates and times.
The Y-Zone incorporates three core principles:
1. Establish a digital equity ecosystem driven by a coalition of committed local stakeholders
2. Achieve widespread broadband internet adoption through community input and engagement
3. Advance digital fluency by providing device ownership and technology education
The Y-Zone is funded by a Community Development Block Grant through the City of Yonkers and is administered by the Westchester County Association. Partners include the STEM Alliance, Yonkers Partners in Education, Westhab, and the Fordham University Graduate School of Education.