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Chatham conducting broadband survey

Jul 01, 2020 1:30 pm
Nora Mishanec is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the town of Chatham is polling residents on broadband access in an effort to locate the areas of the town that lack coverage. Surveying the public is one of few ways to map broadband service, as the two area providers are hesitant to reveal where they operate, said town board member Vance Pitkin. Pitkin is leading Chatham’s newly formed broadband committee. Charter Communications, or Spectrum, and Consolidated Communications are the two internet providers that serve Chatham. They are in competition with one another and reluctant to say where their fiber optic cables are located, or where they plan to build next, Pitkin said. The survey can be found on the front page of the town website at chathamnewyork [dot] us. Residents with and without adequate internet coverage are being asked to participate. The town is hoping to receive at least 100 replies. Pitkin said it appears that approximately 75 percent of Chatham is covered by broadband. He said some residents may be unaware that they are in the areas where broadband is available. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.