Empire Access Awarded $3.2 Million for Broadband Expansion in NY State

  • Empire Access
PRATTSBURGH, NY — Empire Access, a family‐owned, locally based communications provider serving large areas of Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania, has received a $3.2 million grant award from the New NY Broadband Program. The New York Broadband Program was developed to help fund the expansion of high-speed broadband Internet service in New York State, with the 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.

A Game Changer for Rural New York
“The NYS Broadband program has enabled Empire Access to build a fiber optic network and provide gigabit internet services in rural areas where it would be economically prohibitive. This program is a game changer for rural New York,” said Jim Baase, COO, Empire Access.

The New NY Broadband Program grant provides Empire Access with significant funding for the expansion of high-speed broadband services to more than 1,600 homes and businesses in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions of New York, including Burdett, Lodi, Odessa, Prattsburgh, and Pulteney. These specific areas were identified by the New York State Broadband Program Office as underserved or unserved in Phase II of a multi-phase grant process.

Standard Speeds of 100 Mbps Download, 20 Mbps Upload
Empire will offer residents in the awarded areas super-fast internet service with standard speeds of 100 Mbps download, 20 Mbps upload, along with an even faster 1 Gbps 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 percent 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, COO, Empire Access. “We’re grateful to Governor Cuomo and the legislature for their support and we look forward to working with the state of New York to accomplish this goal.”

This deployment of broadband service is supported by a grant awarded to Empire Access by New York State through the New NY Broadband Program. To check current coverage and future expansion for this New NY Broadband Program grant, visit http://www.empireaccess.com/where-we-are/check-location.

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