NORWICH – Chenango County government is footing half the cost of a feasibility study that may ultimately expand broadband internet access in even the farthest reaches of Chenango County.
With the intnent of determining costs of building broadband infrastrure in rural regions of the county, Chenango County officials committed $15,000 (or 50 percent the costs of the study) at a regular meeting of the Chenango County Board of Supervisors last week. The remaining 50 percent will be borne by the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board.
Southern Tier East – an organization serving Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie and Tioga counties – has taken on similar efforts to expand broadband access in Tioga and Schoharie counties. And since fewer than 25 percent of Chenango presently has access to a high-speed broadband internet connection, it was made a top priority.
“Private companies will invest in more urbanized areas like cities and villages where they will see a return of investment, but they don’t see a return of investment in more rural areas where they might see only a few subscribers,” said Southern Tier East Director Erik Miller.