Round II of NY’s State Broadband For All Program Underway

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Round II of New York State’s “Broadband For All” program gave Chazy & Westport Communications a $2.8 million grant to provide rural areas of Clinton and Essex counties with high-speed broadband access, reported the Press-Republican. Additionally, the company received $705,000 via private match funding; with the combined assets, the company has brought 620 North Country homes and businesses high-speed broadband.

According to a press release from Chazy & Westport Communications, CEO Jim Forcier said, “Our team has been working nonstop to meet the state’s requirements while simultaneously responding to the needs of our residents. 

This grant has allowed us to build where other carriers will not, while simultaneously sustaining our operational economic balance.”

Chazy & Westport Communications has already spread almost 111 miles of fiber-optic lines across their new areas of service within the North Country, reported the Press-Republican.  

The work was accomplished as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pledge in 2015 to invest $500 million in state funds in a three-round broadband program aimed to supply high-speed internet access to the un-served and under-served areas across the state, which totaled 30 percent of New Yorkers [2.42 million state locations].

“As a result of the program’s Round I awards and additional state-secured upgrades, broadband access was expanded by more than 2.2 million locations, to 97 percent of New Yorkers,” according to the New York state website. “Round II awards then extended coverage to more than 80,000 locations, to 98 percent of New Yorkers,” the site notes.

February 13, 2019

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