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.

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.


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