Chazy & Westport Communications today announced on-time completion of its New NY Broadband Program projects to expand high-speed broadband Internet service to more than 620 homes and businesses in unserved and underserved rural areas in Essex and Clinton Counties in New York State.

The two completed projects, which deploy nearly 111 miles of new fiber-optic lines across their rural service area of Westport, Wadhams, West Chazy, Chazy and Scotia, meet the provider’s commitment for its New NY Broadband Program Phase 2 grant addressing the North Country Region.

“We congratulate Chazy & Westport on its launch of high-speed internet in partnership with the Broadband Program Office,” said Jeffrey Nordhaus, Empire State Development Executive Vice President of Innovation and Broadband. “Broadband is a necessity for all communities in today’s economy and this launch is bringing tremendous benefit to the 620 locations in Essex and Clinton counties, which will be connected to the high-speed Internet for the very first time.”

CEO Jim Forcier states “It’s been a concentrated and productive few years. Our team has been working non-stop to meet the state’s requirements while simultaneously responding to the needs of our residents.   This grant has allowed us to build where other carriers will not while simultaneously sustaining our operational economic balance. We know that it’s only the beginning and we look forward to growing and upgrading our service area to provide our customers with speeds that the lifestyles today require to be connected and happy.”

These projects were supported by $2.8 million in State funding and $705,000 in private matching funding for a total broadband investment of $3.5 million.

The New NY Broadband Program was developed to help fund the expansion of high-speed Internet service to unserved and underserved areas of New York State. [Fiber-to-the-home] technology will bring increased connectivity capable of delivering broadband service with beyond 100 Megabits-per-second (Mbps) speed and symmetrical upload/download capacity.

The locally owned, the 112-year old company began building its fiber network in 2010.  Prior to that, it was the first Independent Telephone Company to cover 100 percent of its serving territory with high-speed DSL internet access.  Although customers were originally satisfied with their increase in speeds, they found themselves in need of more with the advent of bandwidth-intensive technologies, such as interactive gaming and music and video streaming. With the expansion of fiber, this grant has enabled Chazy & Westport Communications to bring service to families that had previously only had access to solar power. Many residents live in the North Country for a peaceful, serene lifestyle found themselves unable to properly run a business, learn or make a living from home due to the lack of broadband service. This phase II completion by CWT is a step toward imperative development and economic well-being in Upstate New York.

Residents interested in broadband service can contact:

Westport: Debbie / Pam 518.962.8211

Chazy: Laura / Jodi 518.846.7111

About Chazy & Westport Communications

Chazy & Westport Communications originated in 1905 and was purchased by Gerald R. Forcier in 1952.  The family-owned company has since offered telecommunications services within their serving territory including parts of Altona, Beekmantown, Mooers, Champlain, Elizabethtown, Lewis, Sciota, Wadhams, and all the towns of Chazy, West Chazy and Westport.  Westelcom, their subsidiary was formed so they could keep up with urban offerings. Together, they focus on providing their residents state-of-art-technology and top quality, personalized customer support.

About the New NY Broadband Program

Recognizing the importance of broadband infrastructure and building on prior State investments in broadband deployment, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2015, with legislative support, established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program. The Program provides New York State grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to unserved and underserved areas of the State, with priority to unserved areas, Libraries, and Educational Opportunity Centers.