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Rural wireless broadband antenna. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/71858648@N00/5017130968/">Scott Weston</a>, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved
Rural wireless broadband antenna. Photo: Scott Weston, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved

NY getting $9M from FCC to expand rural broadband

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Officials say companies in New York are getting almost $9 million as part of $260 million national program to expand broadband Internet access to rural areas.

The Federal Communications Commission says the money will go to communications carriers FairPoint, Frontier Communications, and Windstream.  Go to full article
Ron Flannery connects a Dickinson Center camp. Photo: Sarah Harris
Ron Flannery connects a Dickinson Center camp. Photo: Sarah Harris

Local internet provider connects the North Country

The Internet is a big part of 21st century life - people use it get news, watch movies, apply for jobs, and pay bills. But the North Country lags behind the rest of New York state in connectivity. 20 percent of people in the region don't have fast, reliable internet connections. That's compared to just 5% of people state-wide.

SLIC, a local internet provider that grew out of Nicholville Telephone Company, is trying to change that.  Go to full article
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USI_router.jpg">Bobamnertiopsis</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: Bobamnertiopsis, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adk town tries "white space" approach to broadband

New York state and private companies investing tens of millions of dollars in the North Country in an effort to bring broadband internet connections to some of the region's most remote, rural areas.

In March, the state announced that $200,000 will go to the town of Thurman in Warren County to help develop a kind of far-reaching wi-fi connection known as "white space."

Evelyn Wood, town supervisor in Thurman, and David Salway, head of New York's Broadband Program Office, appeared yesterday on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom to talk about the project.

They spoke with host Curtis Schick.  Go to full article
The Warren County town of Thurman will use a new broadband technology called "white space." Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/7229323266/">Diane Cordell</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
The Warren County town of Thurman will use a new broadband technology called "white space." Photo: Diane Cordell CC some rights reserved

Adk town to use new "white space" broadband tech

The North Country is in line to receive a big chunk of the $25 million that state officials are spending to bring broadband internet to more parts of rural New York.

One of the projects in the Adirondacks will use a technology called "white space" to bring broadband to remote homes in the Warren County town of Thurman.  Go to full article
Even the state police, their communication level in the North Country is not where it is in the rest of the state.

Cell and broadband service still lag behind in North Country, Sen. Little says

State Senator Betty Little sounded a familiar note Tuesday when she called for big gaps in cell phone and internet service in the North Country to be closed--for safety's sake and for the economy.  Go to full article
High-speed Internet in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties, according to New York state
High-speed Internet in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties, according to New York state

U.S. House cuts could stop expansion of rural broadband Internet

The annual Agriculture Appropriations Act passed by the U.S. House last week made sweeping cuts to programs ranging from infant nutrition to genetically engineered salmon.

Thanks to an amendment sponsored by Rep. Bill Owens, it still includes some funding for expansion of broadband Internet to rural areas. The Owens amendment saved $6 million.

That's still a significant cut from the original $22 million and even the reduced allocation is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate.

Either way, many rural residents will be left with the much slower dial-up Internet.

Slic Network Solutions is a Potsdam-based Internet provider. The Company has been using funding from last year's appropriations bill to expand high-speed access along dozens of rural North Country roads. That money isn't affected by the latest cuts.

Slic's President, Phil Wagschal, told Steve Knight that's OK for now, but in the long-term, more government help is vital.  Go to full article
Broadband internet should be something that every home and business in the town of Keene, and in general, should have.

Keene paves way for broadband

The North Country has had mixed success in winning Federal stimulus dollars to expand broadband internet service to rural towns and villages. But the Essex County town of Keene has moved forward with a grassroots effort, using a mix of grants and local fund raising, along with new, less expensive technology.

As Chris Morris reports, the organizers hope their project will serve as a model for other communities in the region.  Go to full article
Will the North Country's broadband infrastructure be ready for the next generation of businesses?
Will the North Country's broadband infrastructure be ready for the next generation of businesses?

Funds scarce for broadband superhighway

Across the North Country, economic development leaders say broadband internet access is one key to building more jobs and new prosperity.

But the infrastructure for broadband is expensive, often requiring miles of expensive fiber-optic cable.

Groups across the region have been asking for help from the Federal government to help offset the cost.

As Brian Mann reports, they met with mixed success - with some areas still struggling to find funding.  Go to full article

Stimulus money will expand access to broadband in the North Country

Almost $50 million in federal and state stimulus money will go towards building a better broadband network across upstate New York. The Development Authority of the North Country, based in Watertown, and Albany-based telecommunications firm, ION, will run the project. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

APA & cell companies, move to close cell-phone gaps

The Adirondack Park Agency approved two new cell phone towers yesterday. Verizon and T-Mobile will build separate towers near the High Peaks rest stop on the Adirondack Northway. These projects come at a time when cell phone service in the Park is expanding rapidly, after years of debate and delay. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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