rural broadband

8:13am

Thu March 7, 2013
Broadband

$25 million goes to expand broadband access in New York

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The state's Connect NY Broadband Grant program awarded $25 million to 18 projects on Tuesday.

From the press release:

Together, these projects will build approximately 6,000 square miles of new infrastructure and will provide high-speed Internet service to 153,000 New York households, 8,000 businesses, and 400 community anchor institutions – many without any means to access the Internet. In addition to the vast economic benefits derived from broadband access, the projects being funded by Connect NY will create 1,400 new jobs. Most of the funding will be for the “last-mile” of broadband service, which means the projects will provide high speed Internet connections directly to New Yorkers. The last mile is the most expensive portion of a broadband network, and often prevents many rural residents from receiving broadband service, even when service is available to nearby homes.

A "last-mile" project in Tompkins and Cayuga Counties received the third-highest dollar amount among the 18 recipients.

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10:59am

Mon August 27, 2012
Digital Economy News

$25 million "Connect NY" program targets the "last mile" of internet connections

NY state making $25 million investment in hopes of expansion of broadband
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Rural and urban areas of upstate New York unserved or underserved by high speed broadband, are the targets for the $25 million "Connect NY" funding program announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today.

Internet service providers have until October 5 to submit their applications for grants made available through the Regional Economic Development Councils and Empire State Development. 

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3:13pm

Fri March 23, 2012
Tech

Money, mountains and maps block broadband coverage

Claire Perez blogs about her pursuit of a broadband connection at her West Dryden home. The blog is called itsaboutthestory.wordpress.com.
Matt Richmond WSKG

About a year ago, Claire Perez started trying to figure out why she doesn’t have broadband at her house in West Dryden.

Time Warner’s cable ends a half-mile down Perez’s busy road. She’s walked up and down the street, knocking on doors, finding out who has high-speed Internet and who doesn’t.

Perez and her neighbors beyond the end of the line do have access to a satellite service. But that has a daily cap on it, so Perez can’t stream long videos.

“I’m only .5 miles from these Time Warner connections on a major route, ten miles from Cornell University, and nobody can help me in the government get connected and every time I’ve gone to various things it’s like no, no, no,” says Perez.

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4:09pm

Mon April 4, 2011
Rural broadband

Corning Inc. invests $10 million in Southern Tier broadband project

Corning invented optical fiber. Now the glass giant is shelling out $10 million to bring a network of it to the Southern Tier.
Loïc Twistiti via Flickr

Google made headlines last week when it picked Kansas City, Kan. for its experimental “Fiber for Communities” project.

But the Internet giant isn’t the only Fortune 500 Company investing in optical fiber as a means of delivering super-fast broadband these days.

Earlier this year - with much less fanfare - Corning Incorporated announced that it was spending $10 million to help three Southern Tier counties build a $12 million fiber ring.

So far, insiders and industry watchers alike say the unique public-private partnership looks like a win-win.

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1:40pm

Thu September 23, 2010
Life Without Broadband

Life without broadband

The information super highway is still a dirt lane for many rural users.
Chris Luckhardt via Flickr

If you live in a rural community in upstate New York, chances are you’ve experienced life without high-speed internet – even though many in urban areas view broadband as a given.

According to the New York State Office for Technology, some companies avoid opening up shop in communities without access to broadband. But residents aren’t just missing out on potential jobs and services when they’re not wired – they’re also missing out on educational opportunities that require a high speed connection.

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