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Google the Adirondacks application falls short

A push to bring last-mile, ultra-high-speed broadband access to the Tri-Lakes came up short this week.

Officials with the Google Fiber for Communities competition announced this week that Kansas City, Kansas was selected as the winner.

About 1,000 communities participated in the competition. The greater Saranac Lake community submitted an application, although the parameters of the competition called for towns and cities with populations nearing 50,000.

Sylvie Nelson is executive director of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. She says its "disappointing to know that our needs will not be met by this project."

"On the positive side, this contest highlighted that there is indeed a need for high speed broadband in rural areas such as the Adirondacks," Nelson added.

She says Google the Adirondacks, a group of organizations and municipalities that formed to apply for the project, will continue to "bring awareness" to the importance of broadband expansion.

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