Cable Communications of Willsboro Announces Completion Of
New NY Broadband Program Project
More than 550 Households and Businesses Gain Broadband Access
Over 12 Miles of New Fiber-Optic Lines for Rural Communities
Fiber-to-the-Home Technology Offers 100 Mbps High-Speed Capability
(Willsboro, NY, April 16, 2019) Cable Communications of Willsboro (CCW) today announced on-time completion of its New NY Broadband Program project to expand high-speed broadband Internet service to more than 550 homes and businesses in unserved rural areas of Essex County.
The completed project, which deploys over 12 miles of new fiber-optic lines across the Towns of Willsboro and Essex, meets the provider’s commitment for its New NY Broadband Program Phase II grant.
“We congratulate Cable Communications of Willsboro on its launch of the new high-speed internet in partnership with the Broadband Program Office,” said Jeffery Nordhaus, Empire State Development Executive Vice President of Innovation and Broadband. “Broadband is a necessity for all communities in today’s economy and this launch is a game changer for more than 550 households and businesses in the towns of Essex and Willsboro.”
“The area served by Cable Communications of Willsboro is one of the most rural in the State, where it has historically been difficult and expensive to provide service due to the rugged terrain, low residential density, and many seasonal homes that are not occupied on a year-round basis,” says Herb Longware, president of CCW. “Our new residential and business customers being served by this program have given us overwhelmingly positive feedback on the service.”
“The reliable spot for cell phone service at our house used to be at the top of the stairs in a spot we called ‘the phone booth’,” explains Leslie Hearn of Essex. “Now we have fantastic Wi-Fi phone service all over the house, and great Internet as well. CCW has made our dreams come true!”
“In today’s world, Internet connectivity is a necessity, and our guests expect Wi-Fi connectivity during their stays,” says Andre Klein, co-owner of the Willsboro Bay Marina. “The ability to affordably increase our download speed to 100 Mbps means that we can continue to provide free Wi-Fi access to them.”
This project was supported by approximately $226,000 in State funding and $56,000 in private matching funding, for a total broadband investment of more than $282,000.
The New NY Broadband Program was developed to help fund the expansion of high-speed Internet service to unserved and underserved areas of New York State. Fiber-to-the-home technology will bring increased connectivity capable of delivering broadband service with 100 Megabits per-second (Mbps) speed.
For more information on the services that Cable Communications of Willsboro/willex.com has to offer, please call 518-963-4116.
About Cable Communications of Willsboro
Cable Communications of Willsboro was launched in 1988 by John, Shirley, and Herb Longware to provide cable TV service to hamlet of Willsboro. Their foray into high-speed internet began with the installation of fiber optic cable to the Willsboro Central School and Paine Memorial Library in 1996. In 2001, CCW became one of the first providers of high-speed Internet in the North Country utilizing cable modem technology. Over the past three decades, it has expanded its service area into Willsboro Point and Essex through reinvestment in the company and, most recently, a grant from the New NY Broadband Program. CCW looks forward to serving the communities of Willsboro and Essex as communications technology continues to evolve, providing a local connection with a global reach.
About the New NY Broadband Program
Recognizing the importance of broadband infrastructure and building on prior State investments in broadband deployment, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2015, with legislative support, established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program. The Program provides New York State grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to unserved and underserved areas of the State, with priority to unserved areas, Libraries, and Educational Opportunity Centers.
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