Moriah officials have repeatedly asked the state to help extend internet service throughout the community, but when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $2.1 million grant to expand high-speed internet access in North Country communities March 5 Moriah was left out.
Tom Scozzafava just doesn’t understand.
The Moriah supervisor and other town officials have repeatedly asked the state to help extend internet service throughout the community, but when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $2.1 million grant to expand high-speed internet access in North Country communities March 5 Moriah was left out.
“We certainly need greater internet access,” Scozzafava said. “We’ve spoken to the state and to Time Warner (Moriah’s cable television and internet provider). We just can’t get any help.
“We’ll keep trying,” he added. “We’ll approach the state again and we’ll continue to talk to Time Warner.”
Eighteen broadband projects were selected to receive $25 million in Connect NY Broadband grants.
“Through the Connect NY program, we are bringing high-speed internet access to all corners of New York State,” Cuomo said, announcing the grants. “The projects receiving these grants represent the very best proposals with the most potential to benefit statewide economic and community development efforts. These funds will strengthen New York’s broadband capacity and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service in unserved and under-served communities, counties and regions across the state.”
Cuomo announced the $25 million Connect NY grant program in August in an effort to promote broadband internet access across the state, strengthen communities and spur economic development. More than $89 million in broadband applications were submitted.
In Moriah areas along Cheney Road, West Road and others lack internet service. Scozzafava said there are few homes in those areas so Time Warner doesn’t believe it’s economically feasible to provide service there.
“They’ve got a monopoly here,” Scozzafava said of Time Warner. “They’re the only internet service in town. We’ll talk to them again, but I don’t expect any help from Time Warner.”
That leaves the state and the Connect NY program.
As part of the March 5 grant funding a $2.1 million grant was awarded to expand high-speed internet access in Schroon and North Hudson.
The $2,162,656 Schroon Lake Next Generation Broadband Project will allow Slic Networks Solutions 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.
The Schroon Lake hamlet has internet service provided by Time Warner Cable.
The Schroon-North Hudson project is part of a statewide $25 million project to expand high-speed internet access in rural upstate and under-served urban areas of New York through the Connect NY Broadband Grant Program.
The March 5 funding also includes $557,000 for Essex County broadband service expansion. That money will provide high-speed broadband service to households that do not have access in Jay and Wilmington, passing 1,900 households. The project will also provide digital video services and potentially a competitive telephone service.
Cuomo said the new projects will build approximately 6,000 square miles of new infrastructure and will provide high-speed internet service to 153,000 New York households, 8,000 businesses and 400 community anchor institutions.
“In addition to the vast economic benefits derived from broadband access, the projects being funded by Connect NY will create 1,400 new jobs,” Cuomo said.