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Southern Tier Library System getting $150000 in federal funds

Allegany and Steuben among counties to benefit

WASHINGTON – The Southern Tier Library System (STLS) in Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, and Chemung counties will receive $150,000 in federal funding, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Friday. The funding was allocated by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will allow the STLS to upgrade existing fiber infrastructure that delivers broadband internet capabilities connecting 21 of its public libraries in the five-county region. “Investing in the Southern Tier’s internet access is a smart move that enhances access to information and broadband for area residents and will pay dividends for years to come,” said Schumer. “This funding will give the Southern Tier Library System the resources it needs to improve internet access for the benefit of visitors and employees alike.” Gillibrand said, “This is a major investment for the Southern Tier. Reliable, fast internet access isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity in the 21st century economy. These federal funds will allow the Southern Tier Library System to upgrade their broadband capabilities so children and families have more online access at their local library.”

Brian M. Hildreth, Executive Director of Southern Tier Library System said, “The Southern Tier Library System is thrilled to receive this support through the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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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