Empire Access Awarded $3.4 Million Grant for Broadband Expansion in NYS
Prattsburgh, N.Y. August 4, 2016 Empire Access has received a $3.4 million grant award from the New NY Broadband Program. The New NY Broadband Program was developed to help fund the expansion of high-speed broadband Internet service in New York State, with an ultimate goal of ensuring that all New Yorkers have high-speed broadband access by the end of 2018.
Empire Access is a locally owned and operated fast-growing telecommunications company, offering high-speed Internet, digital television, phone and security services to homes and businesses all enabled by Fiber Optic technology to over 25 communities in Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania.
The New NY Broadband Program grant provides Empire Access with significant funding for the expansion of high-speed broadband services to more than 1900 homes and businesses in the Southern Tier region of New York, including Burdett, Lodi and Odessa.
These specific areas were identified by the New York State Broadband Program Office as underserved or unserved in Phase I of a multi-phase grant process.
Empire will offer residents in the awarded areas super-fast Internet service with standard speeds of 100 Mbps download x 20 Mbps upload, along with an even faster 1 Gigabit per second option. High definition digital television, digital phone, security and smart home services will also be available. All services will utilize a state-of-the-art 100% Fiber Optic dedicated connection.
Empire Access is excited to be part of the state s broadband initiative to expand high-speed broadband services throughout New York, said Jim Baase, Chief Operating Officer, Empire Access. We re looking forward to working with Governor Cuomo and the state of New York to accomplish this goal.
About Empire Access
After starting in 1896 with one telephone line in Prattsburgh, NY, Empire Access has grown significantly as a family owned, locally based communications provider serving large areas of Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. Today s Empire offers a wide range of products and services from basic phone service to digital phone, scalable high speed Fiber Optic Internet, basic to enhanced digital TV service to advanced security solutions. Responding to a variety of business and consumer needs, Empire continues to expand into new areas while retaining a strong focus on local, personalized customer service. Empire Access offers Fiber Optic service in Arkport, Batavia, Bath, Big Flats, Canisteo, Corning, Elmira, Hammondsport, Hornell, Montour Falls, Naples, North Hornell, Penn Yan, Watkins Glen, and Waverly in New York and Sayre, Athens, South Waverly and Troy in Pennsylvania.