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Lexington wonders if it will ever get broadband service

Aug 18, 2016 12:05 am
Michael Ryan in The Watershed Post reports that Lexington Broadband Initiative co-chairman Bonnie Blader is frustrated that Lexington was left out of the NY Broadband Program recent announcement of $54.2 million in financial assistance to small telephone and internet providers across the state. The mountainous town hosted a “broadband pep rally” last year to put a spotlight on Lexington’s lack of internet connectivity. The organization and town officials have hoped for a $1.5 million grant to help lay 76 miles of fiber optic cable to service 90 percent of the town’s residents. Now Lexington is wondering if it is eligible to apply for the next round. “We don’t have an answer yet. Nobody does,” said Greene County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning director Warren Hart. Greene County has among the worst percentage of broadband coverage in the state. Read the full story in The Watershed Post.