High-speed internet on its way to some rural Cayuga County towns

By the end of 2018, about 4,000 residents in seven rural Cayuga County municipalities will have access to high-speed broadband internet through 400 miles of fiber network from New Visions Communications.

The $14.1 million project covers parts of the towns of Sterling, Victory, Montezuma, Moravia, Summherill, Locke and Genoa. About $11.3 million is funded through the state’s Broadband Program.

Carmen Branca Jr., president of the broadband service provider, gave county legislators a closer look at the coverage areas Tuesday night at a Ways and Means Committee meeting.

Building a fiber network underground, New Visions is currently working in Oswego County, Branca said. The company will begin its Cayuga County project in Sterling and work its way south, expecting to have the network complete by the end of next year. The state’s program stipulated the coverage areas through its grant program, but Branca said after the main line is built, there will be plenty of opportunity to branch off and cover other homes.

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