NY State Doles Out $14.5 Million For Rural Broadband
New York State says they're shelling out around $14.5 million to help connect more rural segments of the state to broadband. According to a statement by Governor Cuomo
, the money will be doled out to nine different projects, who collectively will lay roughly 614 miles of new fiber, in turn assisting the delivery of broadband to an additional 29,000 households and 2,000 businesses. Most of the projects focus on the Southern Tier and North Country portion of the state. "As the State works to grow the Upstate economy, these nine projects will provide the support necessary to attract and retain businesses and help create jobs for the region," insists Cuomo's office.
| I hope Clarity can expand beyond just Ithaca using WISP... It seems to me that if Wireless is the way to get broadband where it doesn't make sense to wire the last mile, we need a LOT more of that in the Southern Tier etc... It can be done, I can get 4G from Verizon in upper Tioga County, but the problem is it's only 2GB a month at an extreme price. So I stay on DSL, which is slow (3ish Mbps) but still not capped. No Cable, obviously no FTTH. I know people who live in Ithaca who use Clarity over TWC, and Verizon(DSL) as it's a better service - and I don't doubt it. I used them for years on Dial-Up. They're a good company.|
We just need someone to run WiMax or whatever fixed wireless it is over places that the Cell companies give really expensive mobile data. It seems like it should be possible, and likely a smarter use of taxpayer funds than running last mile cable (But if NYS wants to pay for FTTH to my out in the country house, I wouldn't complain)...
The thing that does burn me is back in the day we could run copper for phones, we could run electricity, hell, we could even get DSL, but we can't upgrade the lines for decent data OR get any sort of wireless for reasonable rates. It all smacks of government dysfunction -which isn't really a surprise.
I wonder if local and state govts are finally starting to notice that availability of broadband actually does affect companies and employees staying or moving over time... I know if I moved, I wouldn't move to a place without at least cable internet.
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