On Jan. 5, Congressman Paul Tonko announced that the Federal Communications Commission awarded more than $600,000 to Mid-Hudson Data Corp., which will use the money to expand coverage all over the state, including Westerlo. 

Although still fairly preliminary, New Scotland residents without access to high-speed broadband now have an option.  

Michelle Hinchey​, Saugerties 

The two “network aggregation points,” which look like 10-by-12-foot buildings, 8 feet high, are proposed for Rensselaerville and Berne.

The Schoharie County company MidTel is looking to expand further into the Hilltowns.

The fight over whether broadband should be classified as a telecommunication (utility) service or an information service has been going on in the nation’s capital for well over a decade

The Helderberg Hilltowns are receiving millions of dollars in state funds for broadband expansion that includes wireless internet.

In order for a cable company to qualify for a grant to fund expanding its internet service in Westerlo, the town must go through a multi-step process to approve a contract before Aug. 15. But last week at a board meeting, town officials were wary of being locked into a contract.

In the rural Hilltowns, an area described as “unserved and underserved,” in terms of internet, service providers are looking to change this.

A member of the gallery accused the planning board chairwoman of a conflict of interest by expressing a desire for cell service, and threatened a legal battle should the tower be approved.


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