As the town of Rensselaerville has begun redoubling its broadband expansion efforts, the Albany County Legislature this week approved the creation of a broadband special project coordinator to help manage broadband-related funding and partner with local municipalities, guiding their own efforts in the difficult work of connecting residents to the internet. 

Hudson Valley Wireless General Manager Jason Guzzo told The Enterprise this week that the company is in the early stages of working out a proposal that aims to “provide broadband internet access to constituents” in Knox.

Congressman Paul Tonko’s office announced that Westerlo’s ambitious broadband project was among those that will be funded largely by the federal government, but the project’s impact may shrink a bit from early projections due to rising costs.

JoAnne Brady, Berne Public Library Board of Trustees

Satellite internet is now available at some Hilltown addresses through the SpaceX program Starlink and, while the company indicates that greater coverage will be available before the end of the year, the price tag may prevent residents from taking advantage of the service.

Internet access in the Hilltowns will be provided by the aerospace company SpaceX through its Starlink satellite constellation.

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.


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