The Tug Hill Commission, along with its partners listed below, have been working to identify solutions for improving broadband throughout the region and beyond. A series of three webinars in May and June 2021 provided the chance for local government leaders, agency partners, and Tug Hill residents to learn more about how investments in broadband infrastructure can be made over the next several years to improve access. You can re-watch those webinars below or see them on our YouTube playlist Broadband 2021 Webinar Series.
On May 12, 2021, Scott Rasmussen, Assistant Vice President of Innovation & Broadband with Empire State Development, presented the Statewide Perspective on Broadband. His presentation highlighted the efforts that have been undertaken to improve access to broadband across the state and current efforts to reach every household. The NYS Broadband Program Office has useful tools for accessing information quickly, such as the Residential Broadband Availability Map and the Residential Broadband Availability Search.
On May 19, 2021, Joe Starks, President of ECC Technologies, and Andy Lukasiewicz, Director of Broad-band Services with ECC Technologies, presented a regional perspective: How Broadband can be Delivered, a look at the Southern Tier Network. Counties across the state have partnered with ECC Technologies and other regional partners to map gaps in broadband infrastructure and service, and identify barriers to broadband adoption. Joe and Andy discussed similar efforts that created the Southern Tier Network and provided an update on several counties’ infrastructure inventories and broadband surveys at that time.
The third webinar, which aired on June 16, 2021, was presented by David Wolf, Telecom Division Manager with the Development Authority of the North Country. Dave’s session, titled Technical Solutions and Things to Consider for Broadband Expansion, highlighted technical broadband solutions implemented in the North Country and things that must be considered when discussing broadband expansion in rural communities. The focus was on the town of Tupper Lake, where the Development Authority was implementing a project funded by the Northern Border Regional Commission.
The video below was prepared for the Cooperative Tug Hill Council’s September 30, 2021 annual meeting. Due to technical difficulties, it was not able to be viewed that evening. Please enjoy it now, and reach out to the commission if you have any questions.
If you would like to see any other broadband-related webinars, please reach out to the commission with your ideas on potential topics ([email protected]).