EDC Warren County recognizes the vital role broadband plays not only in economic development but in critical aspects of everyday life such as education, health care, and connection. EDC has brought together a community of carriers, elected officials, not-for-profits, and everyday citizens, working together in the north country. » Continue Reading.
Posts Tagged ‘Broadband’
The New York Broadband Program recently announced the Phase 3 award of $389 million for “public/private broadband investment, covering 134,757 homes and other locations across the State. This represents the third and final phase of the Program, and the successful completion of the historic effort to connect all New Yorkers to high-speed Internet.” Some New York residents beyond the reach of cable or fiber options are offered two service plans to provide satellite internet service from HughesNet. The least expensive is $60 per month for a 20 Gigabyte Plan and $130 per month for a 100 Gigabyte Plan, with bonus data for off-hours. Both plans include 25 Megabit-per second download speeds, and 3 Megabits upload speeds.
At our house in Keene (in the 5% in the town that is not serviced by broadband), we are now paying $70 a month to HughesNet for the capability that is included in this Phase 3 award for $60 per month. This is hardly adequate in normal times, but certainly not now during this pandemic. It’s easy to use up 20 Gigabytes halfway through the month with increased video conferencing and the need for uploading data to communicate with the outside world, to supplement social distancing. Our download speeds are then reduced significantly to 2 Mbps, down from 25Mbps. To give HughesNet some credit, during this pandemic they have been increasing their download speeds from 25 Mbps to 40-50 Mbps, which allows adequate streaming with the result of using up the data bytes faster. They give away what they call free tokens for increasing the data allocation. These don’t last long.
There is something we and our public officials can do about the problem, but time is running out. August 15 is the deadline for proposals from internet providers to compete for improvement projects paid from a pot of state money that could help a great deal. Up for grabs is over $400 million reserved for areas which the state considers “unserved” and “underserved” by broadband internet speed.
Guess what region of the state has the highest percentage of households defined as “unserved?” You got it. Us, the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has requested public comment on proposed general permit 2017-G1 entitled “Access to and Replacement of Utility Poles in Wetlands.” The draft general permit renews General Permit P2014G-2. The general permit would expedite APA approval for qualifying activities.
The APA will accept public comments until June 23, 2017. The General Permit 2017-G1 application and APA Board Resolution and Order are available for download from the Agency’s website.
The Adirondack Park Agency is proposing General Permit 2017G-1 to renew General Permit 2014-2, which authorizes regional and municipal utility companies to access and replace utility poles in wetlands and/or to establish temporary structures in wetlands to access utility poles in the Adirondack Park. The general permit will only apply where: » Continue Reading.
The Town of Long Lake has announced that free Wi-Fi hotspots are now active and open at the Long Lake Town Beach, the Long Lake Ball Field, Long Lake Town Hall and Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. Free Wi-Fi, provided by SLIC, will also soon be available at the Long Lake Town Dock. These Wi-Fi hotspots will be on for 24 hours a day.
Town Supervisor Clark Seaman worked closely with SLIC to ensure that Wi-Fi was delivered at no cost to the town as part of a lease franchise arrangement made with SLIC. » Continue Reading.
Wait, before you go,
sign up for news updates from the Adirondack Almanack!