Chautauqua County NY 网赌博彩十大信誉平台 Study
Local article and follow-up description of our project in Chautauqua County NY
Article by Gregory Bacon of the “Overserver” in Chautauqua County NY: 链接到全文
“A study shows that 7% of households in Chautauqua County can’t receive high speed internet.
In May 2022, the county Legislature agreed to spend $2.5 million to explore ways to expand broadband to unserved or underserved residents. As part of that spending, the county hired ECC技术 as a consultant. ECC技术 mapped the entire county to figure out who can and can’t get broadband.
马克Geise, county Industrial Development Agency director and and deputy county executive for economic development, appeared at the legislature’s Planning and Economic Development Committee to give an update on the study.
根据Geise, 有3个,139 unserved households and 364 underserved for broadband in Chautauqua County. An underserved household is defined as having an internet speed of less than 100 megabits per second.
Geise said in a follow up interview that there are 53,050 households countywide, which is how he calculated the 7%.
There’s four major local carriers: DFT, Charter Communications, 风洞气流, and Consolidated Communications. Geise said the four companies are being asked to calculate what it would cost for them to serve the roughly 3,500 households with high speed internet, although other companies will be permitted to bid on the project as well.
Geise believes this will be a costly upgrade. “2美元.5 million is certainly not going to come close to doing that. 事实上, I would say that what the carriers are willing to put in will not do it either, even if they put 50% in,他说.
正因为如此, Geise said they will be looking for federal funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Those funds are being given to states and then will flow to counties. “We want to get a piece of that, obviously,他说.
Geise said because they have an idea where broadband is needed and will have price quotes from local internet providers, they will be in a good place to be eligible for those funds.
But if it ends up that the county doesn’t get those federal funds, they will look elsewhere.
Legislator David Wilfong, R-Jamestown, said some places may be believed to have reliable internet but isn’t truly reliable. “I work in the town of Harmony. We have internet, but if the wind blows … you can’t really count on it,他说.
Geise acknowledged there are likely some residents who are too far away to get them a cable for internet, 在这些情况下, they may later explore other options.
“We want to know what it will cost to run the cable to the house and then we can scale it back if we need to,他说.
Legislature Chairman Pierre Chagnon, R-Ellery, believes the county will be eligible for broadband funding because of what ECC技术 discovered.
“When they did the evaluation of Chautauqua County, they confirmed their belief that Chautauqua County is a high-need county, so they’re pretty bullish on securing state funding for this,他说.”
The County of Chautauqua and the Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) prioritized the need to understand and resolve their County’s broadband situation. As a rural county located in Southwestern NY, and having highly varying topography, weather and economic challenges, the lack of 网赌博彩十大信誉平台 investment in many areas of the County is very evident. Residents and businesses alike across the County have expressed the desire for reliable high-speed connections and the frustration of not being able to access it.
A sense of urgency was crucial at the onset of the project. As project consultants ECC quickly got to work identifying and mapping to the address level, the unserved and underserved locations within the County. Subsequent analysis of the data allowed for quick identification of a number of solutions and potential funding options. The project is moving forward with the development of an RFP and next steps in the process to close the digital divide. Swiftly and effectively implementing strategies that meet the needs of the County’s residents and businesses has been a central tenant of this project and we are very excited for Chautauqua County’s future.