DFT Finishes Broadband Expansion for New NY Broadband Program Phase II Grants


  • DFT Communications
  • New New York Broadband Program

FREDONIA, NY DFT Communications, an ISP providing service to the Dunkirk, Fredonia, Cassadaga and Jamestown areas of New York, announced on-time completion of its New NY Broadband Program projects to expand high-speed broadband internet service to more than 1,000 homes and businesses in unserved and underserved rural areas of Chautauqua County in Western New York.


The completed project, which deployed nearly 143 miles of new and upgraded fiber-optic lines across the Towns of Arkwright, Charlotte, Chautauqua, Pomfret, Sheridan and Stockton, along with parts of the City of Dunkirk, met the provider’s commitment for its New NY Broadband Program Phase II grant addressing the Western New York Region.


Statewide Initiative to Advance Rural Broadband

“DFT Communications is excited to be a part of the statewide initiative to bring advanced broadband services to rural areas by building over 10,000 miles of fiber in two years,” stated Mark R. Maytum, president and COO of DFT Communications. He continued, “It is both encouraging and energizing that New York State is taking the lead in bringing its citizens advanced broadband technology.” Maytum went on to thank the Broadband Program Office of the State of New York for having the foresight to bring broadband service to underserved regions of New York State. “Without help from this program, it would have been cost prohibitive to undergo such an expansive project”


This project was supported by $4.26 million in state funding and $1.06 million in private matching funding for a total broadband investment of $5.3 million.


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. DFT Lightspeed Fiber Optic Internet technology will bring increased connectivity capable of delivering broadband service with 300 Mbps speed and symmetrical upload/download capacity.



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