New Broadband Network for Southern Tier

WETM 18- Corning, N.Y. - The Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC) announced the launch of a $12 million dollar broadband project Monday. They will create a new fiber optic backbone across Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler counties. Fiber optic cables will be connected through several hubs, or co-location sites. (Watch the video)

Broadband Internet coming to rural parts of Southern Tier

YNN - While many of us have access to high speed Internet there are rural areas in the Southern Tier that do not have access to that technology. But as our Bill Mich tells us, one local agency has a project in place to change that.(Watch the video)

Broadband Network Set to come to the Southern Tier.

Corning (WENY) - It may be hard to believe but a lot of people in the Southern Tier still depend on dial up Internet service. A Southern Tier agency is moving forward to change that. More than 12 million dollars is set aside to install a fiber optic network that will bring faster internet to people and connect public safety towers throughout three counties. Fiber optics is a faster, easy to install system, that can adapt to the changing market. It will provide significantly greater bandwidth and connection speed, and that could bring more business to the area.(Watch the video)

$12.2 milllion broadband project unveiled; Corning Inc. to split cost with counties

The-Leader   Corning, N.Y. A plan to build a new, $12.2 million fiber optic cable network to improve high-speed broadband capability across Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties was unveiled Monday. The announcement was made by the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, the Corning-based agency that has spearheaded the planning process. (Read the full article)

Development board to construct broadband network across 3 counties

The Star-Gazette     CORNING -- Improvements to public safety, education, and cell phone and cable television service are expected to follow construction of an optical fiber broadband network planned across Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties. The $12.2 million project was announced Monday by the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board. The regional fiber-optic system is intended to enable access to the highest speed broadband connectivity and will be owned, built and managed by Southern Tier Network, a nonprofit local development corporation. (Read the full article)


STC Broadband Press ReleaseOpen File / 55.92 kB
Date: 2/14/2011
Description: A press release with information about this broadband project.
STC Broadband FactsheetOpen File / 55.86 kB
Date: 2/14/2011
Description: Basic facts about this project
STC Broadband FAQOpen File / 63.12 kB
Date: 2/14/2011
Description: Frequently asked questions regarding this telecommunications project.

Current telecommunications development in the Southern Tier Central region draws on STC's 2010 Telecommunications Business Plan and its 2006 Telecommunications Study, both funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The 2006 comprehensive study discussed technology; the region's needs, as defined by focus groups involving business, government, education, and health; and recommendations for action that are behind a number of the region's federal funding applications. 

The Southern Tier of New York has a history of coordinated telecommunications planning and development, and Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board is a major force in this process.

An 11 county Strategic Telecommunications Initiative was developed in 1993 and updated in 1995 with Appalachian Regional Commission funding. Based on the issues and service gaps identified, STC offers the following services:

  • Works with Southern Tier East and Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Boards to coordinate regional telecommunications funding and activities.

  • Coordinates projects pursuing broadband funds.
  • Assists in coordinating grant writing for telecommunications projects.
  • Coordinates the Appalachian Regional Commission application process, which funds telecommunications and telemedicine projects, including assisting potential sponsors in preparing the applications.

 STC Also Recommends:

NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration

USDA Rural Utilities Service
Distributes funds in the form of loans and grants.

Baller Herbst
Excellent information on the state of broadband.  Also produces and emails a daily list of links to telecommunications news.

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