New York

 

Free connections to fiber optic network for Staten Island businesses (Staten Island Live) July 26, 2013

Staten Island businesses with 500 or fewer employees can now be connected free-of-charge to a fiber optic network thanks to a $12 million city initiative.

High speed highway to a good rural future (Institute for Local Self-Reliance) July 24, 2013

Electrifying rural America and bringing universal telephone access to its citizens were enormous undertakings in the past century. Now, we who live in rural America face the challenge of building a new telecommunications infrastructure that brings the potential to facilitate economic growth, job creation, and to enhance our way of life in the 21st century. Today, rural Americans including those of us who live in the Upper Delaware River Valley need to join the conversation about how we will get on the high-speed Internet highway via broadband technology or risk being left behind.

Gillibrand’s farm bill proposal will help rural New Yorkers (News 10 Now) July 12, 2013

High-speed internet is something you might not find in the rural Southern Tier. However, United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to help farmers and small businesses in rural regions such as Schuyler County.

Voice Link isn’t the magic bridge off the PSTB; broadband is (Fierce Telecom-Bookman) July 11, 2013

The reality hasn’t changed in well over a decade. To get people over to IP, to ensure long term profitability and to have the same kind of stable and ubiquitous network, carriers like Verizon and AT&T (NYSE: T) are going to have to knuckle down and invest in fiber. Or they’re going to have to work on more creative solutions to affordably roll out more fiber, maybe by partnering with other providers or even, heaven forbid, municipal providers.

Town looks at study to provide internet service (MetroWNY) July 10, 2013

The Town of Lockport is looking into a study that could help bring high speed Internet to areas that don’t have it.

Lockport likely to OK funds for internet survey (Buffalo News) July 9, 2013

The Lockport Town Board is likely to join other towns in helping to pay for a survey that Niagara County officials hope will lead to high-speed Internet service in rural areas.

Slic Network Solutions of Nicholville getting $596,000 to continue North Country broadband internet development (North Country Now) July 1, 2013

Nicholville-based Slic Network Solutions will receive $596,000 in grants to continue its installation of high-speed internet service in the North Country.

Colton High Speed Internet Access Committee seeks survey participants (North Country Now) July 1, 2013

The Town of Colton High Speed Internet Access Committee is seeking participants for an Empire State Development Broadband Program survey.

Lawmakers approve plan to downsize Long Island Power Authority (APPA) July 1, 2013

Under a bill proposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed by the New York state Legislature late last month, the Long Island Power Authority will be downsized and most of its day-to-day operations transferred to Public Service Enterprise Group of New Jersey early next year under a 12-year contract with PSEG.

High speed service possible for town (Lockport Union) June 20, 2013

Town of Lockport residents without a high speed Internet connection may be able to log on soon. And quickly.

On Wednesday, the Town Board discussed an initiative that started in the Niagara County Legislature to bring high speed Internet to rural areas. It’s a wireless system that would be installed in order to bring the service to areas currently without it.

Senate passes legislation promoting rural broadband deployment (West New York Papers) June 12, 2013

State Sen. George Maziarz, R-C-Newfane, has announced Senate bill 5481, legislation creating a refundable tax credit for broadband deployment to homes and small businesses in rural areas, has passed with bipartisan support in the Senate.

NYC evaluating responses to broadband RFI (Urgent Communications) June 4, 2013

New York City officials are in the process of evaluating more than a dozen responses to a request for information (RFI) via which the city is seeking insights regarding the best approach to integrating its broadband communications with the nationwide public-safety broadband network that will be built by FirstNet.

Broadband connection celebrated (Adirondack Daily Enterprise) June 4, 2013

Local broadband advocates joined together Monday morning to celebrate several Tupper Lake institutions’ new broadband connections being switched on.

Flipping the switch in the North Country (Adirondack Daily Enterprise ) May 31, 2013

The Wild Center will be the hub of planned celebrations marking the arrival of new broadband to Tupper Lake and the North Country on Monday. The event will feature many of the leaders and stakeholders in the broadband effort, including David Salway, Director of New York State’s Broadband Program Office, who will moderate a panel on the potential economic impacts of broadband on the region.

Slic’s new rural fiber reaches 3000th broadband customer on 800 miles of new cable (North Country Now) May 11, 2013

Slic Network Solutions, a fiber-to-the-home provider based in St. Lawrence County, surpassed the 3,000-customer mark this month on its 800 miles of new fiber-optic cable.

Internet expansion key for region (Denton Publications) April 17, 2013

A statewide $25 million project to expand high-speed internet access in rural New York through the Connect NY Broadband Grant Program is welcome news.

The project includes $2.1 million to provide high-speed, low-cost broadband service to 457 households in the unserved areas of Schroon and North Hudson. The service will be delivered utilizing fiber to the home technology.

As funding falling short, some towns won’t get broadband service (Democrat and Chronicle) March 29, 2013

An analysis of terms in a $2.2 million Internet grant shows there is a $500,000 shortfall in funding for high-speed broadband service in Caroline and Enfield.

Investment in high speed internet vital for the Saugerties region (Post Star News) March 28, 2013

As a long time proponent of bringing high-speed Internet access to underserved communities, Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I – Schoharie) welcomed an announcement by Governor Cuomo that the state is investing $25 million in new funding to expand high-speed Internet access across the state. Among the projects receiving funding are many of the counties within the 102nd Assembly District.

Otsego County Receives $560K to expand high speed internet access (Central New York News) March 6, 2013

State grant aids expansion of internet service to Rockland and Denning (Times Herald Record) March 6, 2013

State funding to kick-start internet in rural areas like Thurman (Glen Falls Post Star) March 6, 2013

State announces $25M in internet grants (Daily Gazette) March 6, 2013

NY grants another $25M for high-speed internet (Associated Press) March 6, 2013

Gov. Cuomo announces state’s largest single investment to bridge the digital divide in New York’s history (Post Star News) March 5, 2013

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will award $25 million in funding to expand high-speed Internet access in rural upstate and underserved urban areas of New York through the Connect NY Broadband Grant Program. This award brings the total amount of funding awarded for broadband projects during Governor Cuomo’s administration to more than $56 million, the largest statewide broadband funding commitment in the nation.

Wilmington, Jay get broadband grants (Adirondack Daily Enterprise) March 6, 2013

The state has announced funding for 18 projects designed to expand high-speed Internet access, including to the towns of Jay and Wilmington.

North Country broadband projects win big (Press Republican) March 6, 2013

With millions in broadband funding, some remote areas of the North Country will be closer to the rest of the world.

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Rural broadband survey funds sought (Niagara Gazette) October 13, 2012

The effort to pursue state funding for a study broadband Internet accessibility in rural areas in Orleans and Niagara counties is moving forward despite roadblocks encountered by the municipal officials and technology experts behind the push.

Broadband survey funds sought (Tonawanda News) October 10, 2012

The effort to pursue state funding to study accessibility to broadband Internet in rural areas in Orleans and Niagara counties is moving forward despite roadblocks encountered by municipal officials and technology experts behind the push.

ADK leaders seek telecommuters inside Blue Line (North County Public Radio) October 9, 2012

“Forever Wild” is the term in New York’s constitution that describes state forest preserves in the Adirondacks, and community leaders in and around the park are also using that term to inform their vision for economic development.

Lawmakers going after $1M broadband grant (Wellsville Daily Reporter) September 23, 2012

Allegany County legislators Monday will consider applying for a $1 million grant to expand broadband service into parts of the county that don’t have it or are underserved.

BTOP computer classes conclude at the Cazenovia Public Library (Madison County Courier) September 15, 2012

Free computer classes through the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) conclude at the Cazenovia Public Library on Sept. 17 and 26.  A second offering of “Microsoft Excel 2010 Basics: Creating a Personal Budget” will be held on Monday, Sept. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. and will cover the basics of Excel, Microsoft’s spreadsheet program, using a personal budget as a sample project.

Washington County looks at way to get more broadband service (Post Star) September 1, 2012

Washington County supervisors gave preliminary approval last week to a public/private partnership under which area broadband providers could use government infrastructure to promulgate Internet access.

Governor Cuomo announces applications open for Connect NY broadband grants (Saugerties Post Star) August 27, 2012

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state has started accepting applications for the $25 million “Connect NY” program to promote and expand broadband Internet access. The program, along with the more than $2 million awarded through the Regional Council initiative, represents the single largest direct investment of state funding into expanding broadband access in the United States.

Breaking through broadband barriers (The Daily Mail) August 15, 2012

NY: In an age when the Internet can benefit education, economic development and health care, municipal leaders are discussing with federal and state officials and leaders in the technology industry how broadband Internet service could be expanded in rural areas.

Hard-to-reach Thurman on cutting edge of rural access (Post Star) May 9, 2012

The town is moving ahead with a municipal project that officials believe could represent the fix to the worldwide problem of limited rural broadband access.The town is moving ahead with a municipal project that officials believe could represent the fix to the worldwide problem of limited rural broadband access.

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