SERVING CHAUTAUQUA, CATTARAUGUS, AND ALLEGANY COUNTIES OF WNY

 

Addres
Center for Regional Excellence
4039 Route 219, Suite 200
Salamanca, NY 14779


Phone: (716) 945-5301
Fax: (716) 945-5550

2018 Local Government
Corporate Sponsors
KHEOPS
LaBella Associates
TheSatellite.Biz
Williamson Law Book Company


2018 Local Government
Corporate Supporters
Clark Patterson Lee
Comp Alliance
E&M Engineers & Surveyors
Gernatt Asphalt Products
Larson Design Group
MRB Group
NY Municipal Insurance
PERMA


2018 CAP Membership

BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT

Staff Contact: Richard Zink (716) 945-5301 Ext. 2203    rzink@southerntierwest.org 


 Broadband-Related Links
'2005 County Meeting Report and Recommended Next Steps
'2009 Broadband Inventory Study Final Report
'2010 "ARC approves $40,000 grant for Deployment of Wireless Technology in Catt. County"
'2012 "Board Explores Local Branded Food, Broadband Access"


`2008: Southern Tier West (STW) was awarded a grant from the NYS Office for Technology under the NYS Universal Broadband Access Grant Program.  This project brought broadband connectivity to the northern portion of Allegany County, including the Towns of Allen, Almond, Birdsall, Burns, Caneadea, Centerville, New Hudson, Grove, Granger, and Rushford.  These Towns now have access to affordable broadband and can take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the Internet.

Through this project, STW reached 487 customers: 12 businesses, 6 governmental entities (libraries, town halls, fire halls) and 459 residents.  Of special note, this project brought Internet access to the Swain Ski Resort.

`2010:  STW participated in the ARC funded Municipal Technology Outreach Program sponsored by the Allegany County Town Highway Superintendents Associaton,  which assisted Allegany County municipalites to address their current communication shortfalls within the radio, computer, and Internet arenas.  This project provided the necessary funding for the purchase of wireless supplies serving the Towns of Amity, Friendship, Scio, and portions of the Towns of Andover and Wellsville.

STW received funding through ARC to extend wireless access into the north-eastern portion of Cattaraugus County. The Cattaraugus County Wireless Project brought broadband services to the Towns of Ashford, Farmersville, Freedom, Machias, and Yorkshire.  The Southern Tier West Development Foundation awarded the necessary match for ARC funds for Southern Tier West to adopt broadband as a major goal and to continue support.

`2012:  The first component of the project was to expand access to broadband service to rural communities through a WIMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) System.  The project added five WIMAX service locations to the existing network, which provided service to 12 municipalities in Chautauqua County (Ellington, Cherry Creek, Arkwright, Villenova, Sherman, Ripley, Charlotte, Stockton, French Creek, and Clymer); 13 municipalities in Cattaraugus County (Perrysburg, Dayton, Persia, Salamanca, Little Valley, Napoli, Mansfield, New Albion, Allegany, Carrollton, Olean, and Hinsdale); and 2 communities in Erie County (Collins and North Collins.

The second component of the project formed a partnership with local medical clinics, enhancing their ability to provide electronic portals through which patients can access their medical records.

The third component consisted of providing hardware upgrades for local libraries, including computer and telecommunications infrastructure.  This enhanced libraries capacity to serve their communities and provide rural residents access to tools and applications vital to developing and maintaining personal and professional growth.