August 20, 2017

Westelcom Expands Network Capacity By Ten Fold

For Immediate Release

WESTELCOM Increases Network Capacity by 10X across the Adirondack North Country Region

Watertown, NY August 7th, 2017 WESTELCOM Networks Inc. announced today that the company has completed a major network enhancement expanding its core bandwidth 10 times its previous network capacity.   This expanded capability will enhance Westelcom’s ability to deliver Ultra High-Speed Broadband, Internet and Ethernet services surpassing all technological advancements in the Northern NY region.  Fully redundant and ringed, the network expands across 6 counties and internationally into Montreal with private connections to Microsoft, Amazon, and Google’s Cloud platforms.

This increased capacity will enhance efforts to boost the Adirondack North Country Region’s economic development and will support high-tech firms moving to the area that require high bandwidth capacity.  Westelcom’s network currently supports internet and telephone services to over 3,000 businesses, multiple municipalities, 2 telemedicine networks, 9 regional hospitals, several educational facilities, and over 120 health care facilities.

Westelcom’s President and General Manager, Paul Barton stated that “Our ability to afford this upgrade is a direct result of the recent waiver granted to Westelcom by the FCC.”  In April 2017, the FCC granted Westelcom a limited waiver to remain as a “rural carrier” which allows the company to charge higher access rates to long distance carriers and other telecommunications service providers who originate and terminate interstate calls on Westelcom’s network.

In July 2016 Westelcom was recognized by the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association as the first NYS Certified Gig-Capable Provider, joining a national campaign to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications networks capable of delivering Internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second or greater, which is 100 times faster than most services currently available in much of the U.S.

Mr. Barton commented that “Westelcom is focused on more than delivering just high-speed internet. We have developed core network principles that ensure that we deliver our customers the most reliable communications solution possible.  We do what the larger companies are unwilling to do.”

About WESTELCOM:

Westelcom provides advanced telecommunications solutions to customers operating throughout Northern New York’s 6 county region between Lake Ontario and Lake Champlain.  Westelcom offers a strategic suite of business communication services over their fiber network which includes telephone, high-speed broadband, dedicated internet, and private Ethernet networks for multi-office connectivity.  Westelcom also offers advanced IP phone and data solutions to include hosted PBX, hosted firewall, server colocation, and carrier neutral colocation services. Their international presence and direct connectivity to Microsoft, Amazon, and Google cloud services enables access to a robust customer ecosystem. The company currently operates three New York based data centers strategically located in Watertown, Plattsburgh and Syracuse allowing for efficient connectivity to metro markets including Montreal, New York City and Boston.

As a leading carrier of telecommunications services, Westelcom has extensive expertise in serving the health care industry to include providing managed internet services and network operation services. Their Mission is to exceed customers’ expectations by providing excellent customer service in communications solution design, delivery and support.”  Westelcom can be reached at www.westelcom.com or 866.482.5427.