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More than 500,000 New Yorkers unable to access Broadband

“With more than 500,000 New Yorkers unable to access broadband, and another six million citizens facing significant obstacles to Internet connectivity, expanding high speed Internet was identified by the REDCs as a key priority to stimulate local business growth.”
~ Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office, North Country Now, 2/24/2014


Broadband... Boosts Economic Development

“Broadband Internet grants, such as Connect NY, both spur investment from service providers in communities and help boost economic development in each region by expanding the ability of local businesses to reach consumers globally.”
~ North Country Now, 2/24/2014

A step in the right direction for expanding internet access in North Country areas where it's needed most like in St. Lawrence, Franklin and Lewis counties

Posted by Rep. Elise Stefanik on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Rep. Elise Stefanik: “The internet has the power to revolutionize the agriculture industry, but sadly many North Country farmers lack critical access to broadband technology. This week I am introducing legislation to fix this – watch my remarks on the House floor:”

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Bill In Congress Would Expand Broadband Service In North Country

It can be very expensive for service providers like Westelcom in Watertown to bring high speed Internet to every corner of the north country. “It costs us $15,000 to $20,000 per mile to build out the fiber. If there’s only a couple of businesses or homes within that mile, then the cost per customer goes up,” said Paul Barton, president of Westelcom. That’s why U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is co-sponsoring a bill to get more funds for companies that provide broadband service to rural areas.

Expanding high speed Internet access

A new company from Bombay, NY is expanding high-speed Internet service to the sparsely populated communities in St. Lawrence, Franklin, & Lewis Counties.

Internet Challenges for Students

Once students leave the classroom, many have no Internet connection at home. Those who do have Internet are encountering slow connections and time-outs.

Why Broadband is Important

The North Country of New York has a high percentage of families who are underserved, as well as UNSERVED, when it comes to high-speed Internet services.

Many ‘under-connected’

A new survey finds that many low-income families are “under-connected” to the Internet. in many cases getting by with only a single Internet-connected computer or, quite often, with mobile-only Internet access through a smartphone or two.

Mohawk Tribe Brings…

A community affected by economic decline now has a new infrastructure — and a new hope for the future.

Broadband for low-income families

President Obama wants to narrow the ‘homework gap’ that currently exists… making it difficult for low-income children to complete their homework because they are un-connected once they get home from school.