Champlain Telephone Successfully Finishes Broadband Expansion for New NY Broadband Program Phase II Grant

Champlain, NY– Champlain Telephone Company announced on-time completion of the first stage of its New NY Broadband Program project to expand high-speed broadband Internet service to more than 330 homes and businesses in unserved rural areas in the northern tier of Clinton County in the townships of Mooers and Altona.

The completed fiber backbone, which deploys nearly 61 miles of new fiber-optic cable, meets Champlain Telephone’s commitment for its New NY Broadband Program Phase II award.  Champlain Telephone will now begin work to install service for the individual 330+ households and businesses that are part of the identified grant project.  This next project segment will continue throughout 2019 and 2020.

Greg MacConnell, Vice-President of Champlain Telephone Company, recently stated, “We are very pleased to be able to substantially upgrade the speed and quality of broadband service for many of our customers in the most rural parts of our serving area with the direction of the New York State Broadband Program.  Upon conversion to the fiber network, those that the state identified as unserved or underserved will soon see much needed improvements in their broadband access and speed.  This is very important to many families in our area who need reliable broadband access for students in their household to access educational materials, as well as for adults needing reliable connectivity to work from home and other important everyday activities.”

“We congratulate Champlain 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 300 locations in Clinton County, which will be connected to high-speed internet for the very first time.”

These projects were supported by approximately $1.36 million in New York State funding and $340,725 in private matching funding for a total broadband investment of $1.7 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. Fiber-to-the-home technology will bring increased connectivity capable of delivering broadband service with highly increased speeds and symmetrical upload/download capacity. In the areas served by this project, Champlain Telephone will be offering customers new standard speeds of 300 Mbps download and 25 Mbps upload.

Residents interested in broadband service can contact the Champlain Telephone Customer Service Department at 518-298-2411.

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About the Champlain Telephone Company

The Champlain Telephone Company is your local telecommunications company providing residential and commercial telephone service to Champlain, Mooers, Rouses Point and Altona. With more than 100 years of experience providing service to upstate New York, CTC is well established in the communities it serves. CTC’s team of telecommunications professionals is committed to meeting customers’ growing needs and providing unparalleled service.

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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