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Coeymans awards contract for broadband project

May 03, 2022 1:00 am

Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Capital Region Independent Media the Coeymans Town Board last week voted unanimously to award a $200,000 project to State Telephone Company to install high-speed broadband service in an underserved part of the community. Partial funding for the project will come from COVID-19 relief funds the town was awarded by the federal government, The broadband expansion project will bring high-speed internet to 70 properties along Starr and Bushendorf roads. The town issued a Request for Proposal for the project on April 7 and last week opened the three bids that were submitted. In addition to State Telephone, bids were received from Mid-Hudson Cable and Spectrum. The three companies were comparable on several criteria, but there were differences. Among the biggest difference was the cost for consumers, both the monthly fee and installation costs. State Tel was unique among the three providers, offering free installation, Town Supervisor George McHugh said. McHugh said there was also a difference between the three companies in the monthly cost all customers would pay for the broadband service and State Tel was the lowest at $59.95. Board member Stephen Schmitt presented the resolution approving State Telephone for the project to bring high-speed broadband service to properties on Starr and Bushendorf roads. The resolution was unanimously approved. Read the full story at TheUpStater [dot] com.