It's time to close the books on another of the bigger and more successful BTOP projects out there. ION said yesterday that it has completed its $50M buildout into the various far corners of upstate New York plus a few in Pennsylvania and New York is complete.
For a project that covers as much territory as this one did, it has kept remarkably under the radar. Of course the same can often be said for the places they were hooking up, which lie not only far from the Big Apple, but off of the I-90 and I-87 corridors which so dominate transportation in the state. Now that the fiber is in place, service providers across the region should have a few more more connectivity options.
The project took $39.7M in federal dollars, $3M from DANC, $3.2M from the the New York State Economic Development Corporation, and $6.7M of ION's own dollars to fund 1,400+ route miles of that brings fiber within range of (or all the way to) some 300 anchor institutions, 38,000 businesses, and 250,000 households.
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