Broadband Expansion Project

Updates and Information

As you may already know, GTel was lucky enough to have been awarded government funding from the New NY Broadband Program, which was created in 2015 to help provide unserved and underserved areas in New York with sufficient broadband services.

Over the last few months, we have been working with State officials, engineers, and contractors to plan out the upgrade and expansion of our service area.  Our engineering company, Vantage Point Solutions, has been busy for the last few months staking this project.  We expect to begin construction early this fall in some of our priority areas.

The first phase of the build will focus on completing the territory “express fibers”.  These fibers are included in the main distribution cables that span along the main roads, building the backbone to which all of the homes will then connect.

Because of the breadth of the project, we will be enlisting the services of local New York contractors, including Schupp’s Line Construction.  Schupp’s is a certified, family owned and operated contract company that shares many of the same values as GTel – pride, quality and service.  Once construction has begun, you will see Schupp’s and GTel vehicles and employees working together to get the job done.

Key Dates to Consider

Fall 2017  –  Construction of the main-line distribution fibers begins in the Town of Germantown.

December 31, 2018  –  All main-line fibers must be built and connected to the GTel Fiber network.

December 31, 2021  –  All eligible housing units will be connected to the GTel Fiber network.

To learn more about the New NY Broadband Program, visit them online here.

Construction Update

All Construction Updates refer to the progress of the main distribution fiber construction.  As required by the New NY Broadband Program Grants, we must have these main cables in place by the end of 2018.  Once we have completed this backbone construction, we will move forward with strategically converting and connecting the homes and businesses in our serving zones.

June 1, 2018

Town
Total Units* To-Be Passed
Units* Passed To-Date
Total Miles to be Built
Miles Constructed To-Date
Clermont 822 97 18.2 11.71
Gallatin 604 195 61.4 12.86
Germantown 1171 581 23.6 22.25
Livingston 1434 185 87.5 27.1
Taghkanic 753 0 76.6 0

*Units refer to any home, business or structure, as defined by the FCC.