Oneida County Rural Telephone Successfully Finishes Construction of Fiber Network Expansion, Part of ‘New NY Broadband Program’

More Than 140 Miles of New Fiber Lines Expanded to Rural Communities, 1,600 Households, Businesses Gain Broadband Access

Holland Patent, N.Y. (Feb. 26, 2019)—Oneida County Rural Telephone, an affiliate of Northland Communications, is proud to announce the successful, on-time completion of construction of more than 140 miles of new fiber-optic lines as part of the “New NY Broadband Program,” an initiative to bring broadband access to all residents of New York State.

The construction of these lines will allow Oneida County Rural Telephone to offer high-speed broadband Internet service to more than 600 homes in unserved and underserved rural areas in the Mohawk Valley region.

This project was supported by $3.29 million in State funding and $821,000 in private matching funding from Oneida County Rural Telephone for a total broadband investment of more than $4.1 million.

An additional $1.9 million invested by Oneida County Rural Telephone allowed the company to reach an additional 1,000 homes within its existing service area, including the towns of Steuben, Remsen, Floyd, Boonville and parts of Westernville.

In an effort to raise awareness locally, Oneida County Rural Telephone worked with a group of students from Holland Patent Central School, home of the Golden Knights, to name its now more widely available fiber Internet service. With the help of the school’s sixth-grade social studies classes, the company is proud to officially introduce “Knight Speed.”

“This grant has enabled us to extend our network to the most rural areas of our territory that would have otherwise been cost prohibitive,” said Jim McCarthy, president of Oneida County Rural Telephone Company. “Thanks to New York State’s support, this project has benefitted not only our current customers but our community as a whole.”

“We congratulate Oneida County Rural Telephone on its launch of high-speed internet in partnership with the Broadband Program Office,” said Jeffrey 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 bringing tremendous benefit to more than 600 locations in the Mohawk Valley, which will be connected to high-speed Internet for the very first time.”

The deadline to complete connection to homes and businesses on the route is December 31, 2020. Oneida County Rural Telephone will be proactively reaching out to residents within their service area to schedule them to get connected to Knight Speed. The company also hosts free “Cut The Cord” events regularly to educate customers and community members about streaming alternatives to cable television and how to best leverage their broadband. To sign-up for an upcoming session, visit https://www.ocrt.com/lp/cutthecord/.

For more information about Knight Speed dedicated fiber Internet, contact Oneida County Rural Telephone at (315) 865-5201 or visit https://www.ocrt.com/broadband/knightspeed/. To view the updated fiber map, visit https://www.ocrt.com/fiber-map/.

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About Oneida County Rural Telephone – Oneida County Telephone Co., a third generation family business, is an affiliate of the Northland Communications group of companies. With a rich history deeply rooted in the communities it serves, the company has evolved from humble beginnings to providing telephone and broadband services over its fiber-to-the-home network in the communities of Holland Patent, Stittville, Floyd, Steuben, Westernville and parts of Marcy.

About the New NY Broadband Program—Recognizing the importance of broadband infrastructure and building on prior State investments in broadband development, 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.