Broome Boosting Access To High Speed Internet

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 13, 2007 at 12:07 AM EDT

From the Governor on down to local leaders, expanding access to high speed internets a priority.

For rural areas, it's becoming critical to keep and draw people to live there.

Broome Community College freshman Tyler Faulkner does not have high speed internet access at his home on Dodd Road in Windsor.

He has to use a dial up connection.

"Now it's finals week for college and it's kind of like cram time so it's hard to get stuff done all at school and come home and have slow internet," says Faulkner.

Students aren't the only ones looking for high speed internet access.

The Greater Binghamton Association of Realtors says its high on the list of home buyers.

"They might fall in love with a beautiful house out in the countryside and not be able to purchase it because they really need it for their work. I think so many of the people today work around the clock and they work off hours and they need that for their jobs," says Billie Briggs of Greater Binghamton Association of Realtors.

Broome County Legislator Steven Herz of Windsor heard complaints about the lack of high speed internet access while campaigning last year.

"There are pockets throughout the entire district that are ill served and quite frankly not served at all. Those constituents came back overwhelmingly encouraging me to look into this and try to solve the problem," says Herz.

The New York State Public Service Commission requires companies to provide high speed internet and cable to places with 35 homes per mile.

Adams Cable, which services here in Windsor and Time Warner Cable actually provide service to places with 20 homes per mile.

And Time Warner says it's expanding it's service on a daily basis.

Time Warner says it has more than 300 projects on tap, to expand cable and internet service in its coverage area.

Herz is forming an internet broadband advisory committee.

It will also look into issues with cable and satellite TV.

If you're interested, you can call Herz at 222-6470 or email him at steve@ steve herz.com.

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