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Greene County still grappling with broadband access

Feb 19, 2016 12:03 am

Katie Kocijanski is reporting in The Daily Mail Greene County continues to face obstacles in its fight to gain broadband and better Internet access for residents, especially in the sparsely populated rural zones. The Greene County Legislature heard an update on the county’s broadband project at a meeting of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee , Tue., Feb. 16. Warren Hart, director of the county's Economic Development, Tourism and Planning Department, told lawmakers approximately 3,400 households are unserved, and 13,800 households are underserved countywide. He said major parts of the mountaintop are unserved, including Lexington, Prattsville, Ashland and Windham. Valley towns such as Durham, primarily along County Route 10, and Cairo are unserved, as well. Large portions of river towns such as New Baltimore, Coxsackie and Athens do not have broadband access. These households are located outside of the more populated villages, Hart said.  He said the county's broadcast consortium is evaluating opportunities for partnership applications with two private providers, and public-private applications, as well. Hart told the lawmakers, the guidelines listed in the state’s new broadband program are geared more towards urbanized areas. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

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