Hillsdale committee creates its own broadband map
Roger Hannigan Gilson is reporting in the Register-Star the town of Hillsdale has rejected state broadband findings and in response, has created its own. The map created by a grassroots group shows lower connection speeds than what are being used by New York to fund broadband initiatives. "The state broadband maps are riddled with errors," Hillsdale Broadband Committee member Tod Wohlfarth said. The state made its map using data from the Federal Communications Commission, which gets its information from internet service providers. The Hillsdale committee used data collected by town internet users., and does not show a single household with download speeds above 25 megabytes per second, the state-defined minimum for sufficient broadband. The state map, however, shows large areas within the town with sufficient speeds. Don Meltz, an independent planning consultant said, "What we’re finding out is there may be a discrepancy there," he said. "There are areas in Hillsdale and parts of Copake that don’t appear on the map as underserved, but are." Columbia Economic Development Corporation President and CEO F. Michael Tucker said the county was preparing a letter to the state about inaccuracies in the state’s information regarding internet speeds. The information from the Hillsdale Broadband Committee would be considered for the letter, Tucker said. Read the full story in the Register-Star.