Interconnect Wireless Proposes Plan To Bring High Speed Internet To South Plymouth

By: Catherine Sasso

Interconnect Wireless proposes plan to bring high speed internet to South Plymouth Co-Owner of Interconnect Wireless Shawn Smith discusses the installation of equipment that could bring high speed internet to South Plymouth with the City of Norwich Common Council. (Screenshot of Common Council Meeting)

NORWICH – At last night's City of Norwich Common Council meeting a wireless internet provider, Interconnect Wireless, proposed a plan to bring high speed internet to South Plymouth.

Co-Owner of Interconnect Wireless Shawn Smith requested to lease space on a water tower to install equipment.

"What we would like to do is work with the city to utilize vertical assets where we could mount antennas to service those areas. One of the areas that we're looking at right now is a water tank and we'd like to set up a non-penetrating roof mount on that and aim down towards south plymouth," said Smith.

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South Plymouth is the most underserved area in Chenango County the slowest internet speeds only averaging .9 Mbps. according to a report based on survey results collected from residents of New York's 22nd District released by Congressman Anthony Brindisi.

Smith is hoping to fill the internet service gap that is being caused by a delay in government funding.

"We're currently working with the county and with frontier to provide broadband services to areas that are under served and where frontier cant serve at this time because the government grant money has not come in to service those areas or it has not been allocated until 2022."

Alderman David Zieno looked for clarification asking, "So you'll be providing internet service to that area and you'll be charging for it?"

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