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ARRA Grant Brings Broadband to Rural Upstate New York



February 25, 2014 By KATIE ANDERSON, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE

People across St. Lawrence County, N.Y., who have struggled with limited Internet service for years have the use of broadband connections thanks to 660 miles of fiber optic cable constructed in St. Lawrence County last year.

Slic Network Solutions, Nicholville, is currently in the installation phase of its $33 million broadband deployment project, which started in 2011. The project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

So far, the company is serving more than 3,100 customers in the towns of Louisville, Norfolk, Stockholm, Hopkinton, Parishville, Waddington, Madrid, Potsdam, Lisbon, Canton, Pierrepont, Clare, Oswegatchie, Fine, Clifton and Piercefield in St. Lawrence County and 450 in the Franklin County towns of Dickinson, Moira, Brandon, Bangor, Malone and Waverly.

“We’re still adding customers, and the installation cost for customers is still being covered by the grant,” Slic Network Solutions President Philip J. Wagschal said Monday.

The two grants the company received, one for $5.2 million and one for $27 million, came from the Rural Utilities Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of its Broadband Initiative Program.


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