This from the Watertown Daily Times this morning. A $33 million Federal project will begin wiring thousands of North Country homes.
Philip J. Wagschal, Slic president and general manager, said the company will build 660 miles of fiber-optic cable that could provide service to 5,856 homes in St. Lawrence County. Service, to also include phone and video, will be available in the towns of Louisville, Norfolk, Stockholm, Hopkinton, Parishville, Waddington, Madrid, Potsdam, Lisbon, Canton, Pierrepont, Clare, Oswegatchie, Fine, Clifton and Piercefield.
In Franklin County, 136 miles of fiber-optic cable will be constructed, potentially providing service to 726 homes in the towns of Dickinson, Moira, Brandon, Bangor, Malone and Waverly.
Paired with the big internet project on the St. Regis-Mohawk Reservation, this project will expand broadband coverage to a big chunk of the North Country.
The price tag is high, but boosters see this as akin to the rural electrification of the 1930s — vital if small towns are to remain viable in the next century.