CORNING, NY – Today, Rep. Tom Reed announced a $1,552,554 grant for the Southern Tier Network in Corning.
The funds will be used to provide about 84 miles of fiber loops to increase the network’s redundancy and resilience. Southern Tier Network is a non-profit local development corporation which was established to own, build and manage a $12.2 million regional fiber optic backbone in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.
“Expanding fiber optic capacities is a great opportunity for people and businesses across this area,” said Tom. “We were proud to support this funding because we care about making sure our constituents have access to the services they need.”
“Fiber broadband infrastructure is critical to keeping New York’s Southern Tier economically competitive. The need for reliable, high-speed internet is necessary today and will be increasingly necessary in the future for business growth, reliable healthcare, education and to ensure the region’s emergency management system can run seamlessly.” Said Chelsea Robertson, Executive Director of Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board.