CHENANGO COUNTY – Chenango County is home to the slowest internet speeds in New York State, according to a new report released by Congressman Anthony Brindisi on Monday.
The report, based on survey results collected from residents of New York's 22nd District, summarizes the quality and availability of broadband internet to homes and businesses throughout Chenango, Broome, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Oswego, and Tioga counties.
Findings detail the area's lackluster Mbps bandwidth, which is the combined upload and download rate used to determine the overall speed of an internet connection. The 22nd District has the slowest overall broadband speeds in New York, according to the report. And Chenango County is the slowest of the slow, averaging only 6.2 combined Mbps bandwidth, compared to the District's next slowest 28.8 Mbps in Herkimer County.
South Plymouth has the slowest internet speeds in Chenango County, with only .9 average Mbps. Other Chenango County townships with the slowest speeds include South New Berlin (3 combined Mbps), McDonough (3.9 combined Mbps), Oxford (4.6 combined Mbps), Sherburne (4.8 combined Mbps), Bainbridge (5.8 combined Mbps), and Norwich (6.2 combined Mbps).
What's more, more than 50 percent of the 1,000-plus people who responded to the survey said they've had a “poor” or “terrible” experience with their internet service provider. Another 83 percent said they are not satisfied with their internet speeds at home. Charter/Spectrum and Frontier are the leading internet providers in the area, serving nearly 70 percent of the 22nd Congressional District.