Pitkin said he's heard that if this first DSL offering is well accepted, Verizon will undertake a similar upgrade as soon as next summer to a second remote terminal at Parker's Crossroads, off Valley Road.
This second phase of DSL upgrade, if launched, will serve a substantial number of families residing within 3 miles of Parker's Crossroads in the north end of town, he said.
Pitkin said the DSL upgrades would be an initial step in bringing affordable but fast Internet service to Thurman.
He's hoping that CBN Connect, which is launching an effort to bring optical-cable Internet service to rural upstate areas, will be bringing its service to Thurman. This trunk line, CBN officials say, would be offered to various Internet service providers, who would build out the "last mile" link to subscribing households in rural areas. With the trunk line open to all providers, competition would force Internet service prices down, they say.
CBN Connect, a not-for-profit broadband developer, submitted a grant application in August for $22 million in stimulus money to construct a regional broadband trunk-line loop through rural upstate regions including northern Warren County.
Pitkin said he'd be lobbying for the CBN trunk line to run through Thurman.
"We understand that CBN Connect's fiber-optic project is moving along," Pitkin said. "This could bring serious high speed Internet service to Thurman."