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Broadband Internet heading our way

Monroe said that CBN Connect, a local broadband not-for-profit carrier has expressed interest in working with Warren and Essex counties in developing the infrastructure.

"CBN's model is that they act as a carrier for the carriers," said Warren County Planning Department Director Patricia Tatich.

After the infrastructure is up and running, Internet providers would pay to access the system, which would then generate revenue for the county, she said.

The current Warren County budget has $38,000 in place to study the best approach for broadband expansion.

"Something needs to be done about the gap between the Mohawk Valley and the counties working with DANC," Monroe said Feb. 27. "Our first step is to study the issue and decide what the best course of action is."

At present, the U.S. ranks 15th internationally in broadband development according to studies conducted by the United Nations. New York State is in the bottom third among the states.

In theory, the concept of broadband in the Adirondacks has huge support, but the practical nuance surrounding its application is largely a mystery.

"I honestly don't think the state has much of an idea how this is going to work," Monroe said. "All we can do is pursue the funding and be as prepared as possible."

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