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Broadband Development 2012
The Southern Tier West Development
Foundation submitted an application to the NYS Broadband Connect program
for the amount of $841,350.
The basics of the application
The first component of the project will
be to expand access to broadband service to rural communities through a
WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) system.
The project will add five new
WiMAX service locations to the existing network, resulting in an
expansion of WiMAX service availability in specific areas of Chautauqua
County, Cattaraugus County, and Erie County. These areas are as follows:
Chautauqua County: WiMAX service to 12 municipalities, including
portions of the following towns:
Ellington, Cherry Creek, Arkwright, Villenova, Sherman, Ripley,
Charlotte, Stockton, French Creek and Clymer
~ Cattaraugus County:WiMAX
service to 13 communities, including portions of the following towns:
Perrysburg (town and village), Dayton, Persia, Salamanca, Little Valley,
Napoli, Mansfield, New Albion, Allegany, Carrollton, Olean, and Hinsdale
~ Erie County:WiMAX service
to 2 communities, including portions of the following towns: Collins and North Collins
The second component of this project will be completed through a
partnership with the local medical clinics to enhance their ability to
provide electronic portals through which patients can access their
medical records. This part of the project will involve providing for
eight patient portals across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany
The third component of the project will
consist of providing hardware upgrades for certain local libraries,
including computer and telecommunication infrastructure.
This component of the project will
enhance the libraries’ capacity to serve their communities and thereby
provide rural residents access to tools and applications vital to
developing and maintaining personal and professional growth.
In support of an
Allegany Wireless Project, Southern Tier West was awarded a grant in
2008 from the New York State Office for Technology under the New York
State Universal Broadband Access Grant Program. This project brings
broadband connectivity to the northern portion of Allegany County to
include the Towns of Allen, Almond, Birdsall, Burns, Caneadea,
Centerville, New Hudson, Grove, Granger, and Rushford. These towns did
not have access to affordable broadband services, and by providing an
innovative broadband solution to this area the average citizen is able
to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the Internet.
As of this date, Southern Tier West and its project partner, Southern
Tier Wireless, has reached 487 customers - 12 businesses, 6 governmental
entities (libraries, town halls, fire halls) and 459 residents. Of
special note, this project was able to bring Internet access to Swain
Ski Resort. Another 322 customers have shown interest is subscribing.
This initiative is expected to reach as many as 9,000 customers over the
next two years.
To further enhance the Allegany County Wireless project funded through
New York State, Southern Tier West participated in the 2010 ARC funded
Municipal Technology Outreach Program sponsored by the Allegany County
Town Highway Superintendents Association. The Program is designed to
assist Allegany County municipalities in addressing current
communication shortfalls within the radio, computer and Internet
arenas. The ability to deploy additional wireless access in Allegany
County creates a necessary linkage and leverage to allow the highway
superintendents to quickly access information over the Internet. The
2010 project provided the necessary funding for the purchase of wireless
supplies to serve the Towns of Amity, Friendship, Scio and portions of
the Towns of Andover and Wellsville.
Committed to providing universal high-speed Internet access to all
citizens, businesses and visitors in the three-county region, Southern
Tier West applied for and received funding from ARC in 2010 to extend
wireless access into the north-eastern portion of Cattaraugus County.
The Cattaraugus County Wireless Project brings broadband services to the
Towns of Ashford, Farmersville, Freedom, Machias, and Yorkshire. Once
again, Southern Tier West is partnering with Southern Tier Wireless to
provide much needed service. The Southern Tier West Development
Foundation awarded the necessary match for the ARC funds to Southern
Tier West. The Foundation has adopted broadband as one of their goals
and continues to support Southern Tier West in this effort.
For further information, contact Richard Zink at (716) 945-5301 ext.
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