The Southern Tier Library System will receive $150,000 in federal funding to update internet infrastructure at 21 of its libraries. Funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be used to improve broadband access at public libraries in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Allegany and Yates counties. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Friday. The grant will be used to purchase equipment and supplies to connect the libraries to Southern Tier Network’s dark fiber infrastructure, according to the announcement.
Upgrades will allow the library system to enhance its information technology services and bring high-speed internet to communities served by the libraries, many of them rural, according to the announcement.
“The Southern Tier Library System is thrilled to receive this support through the Appalachian Regional Commission,” Executive Director Brian Hildreth said in a news release. “It will empower 270,000 rural residents with broadband access that exceeds New York state standards through their local public library.
It is just one of many ways our libraries level the playing field to educational, cultural, technological and economic opportunity.
Ultimately, this will strengthen the quality of life in the Southern Tier.”
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