Broadband internet expanding in the Southern Tier

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CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY (WIVB)– People living in the Southern Tier are going to get more access to broadband internet.

Local officials joined leaders from First-Light Fiber today to talk about a plan to expand internet access in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties.

Senator George Borrello says a major piece of this project is a 115-mile fiber-optic line, which he says is being under-used right now.

The senator said expanding broadband access is key to the region’s future.

“Adding access to this fiber optic line right now throughout this three-county area is going to be a game-changer. And today is the start of a new collaborative effort.”

George Borrello, Senator

Borrello said the digital divide happening in the rural parts of New York State needs to be closed.

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