Yates County joins Steuben in broadband study

Yates County officials have announced the launch of a joint Broadband Aggregation & Adoption (BAAT) Campaign with Steuben County to determine needs and opportunities for broadband Internet growth in the region. The campaign, which consists of a short online survey and speed test, was launched Oct. 24, and will target both residential and commercial addresses.

“Those of us in the Legislature hear regularly from our constituents about the poor access to Internet service many face throughout the County,” said Legislator Leslie Church (Town of Milo). “Many Yates County residents have poor to no Internet access at their homes and businesses. Outside of the villages, reliable, affordable broadband is almost nonexistent.”

“In order to decide how to get to our underserved residents, we need more precise data on where they are, what they currently have, or don’t have, and what they want from a provider,” added County Administrator Bob Lawton, adding, “We’re using the BAAT Campaign to collect this data so we can come up with a plan to move forward and better our broadband county-wide.”

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