O'Mara applauds local broadband expansion initiative (updated, February 15th)

Thomas F. O'Mara

February 14, 2011

Elmira, N.Y., February 14—The Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC) announced today the beginning of a $12.2-million broadband development project that will construct an optical fiber broadband network across Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties and expand regional access to high-speed Internet services.

[see attached copy below of today's story in the Corning Leader ]

State Senator Tom O'Mara applauded the initiative, which is being undertaken with $10 million in funding from Corning Incorporated. He released the following statement earlier today:

“The availability of high-speed Internet has become the gateway to economic and educational success for communities across the nation and around the world. So this state-of-the-art expansion and enhancement of our region’s telecommunications infrastructure is fabulous news. It arrives at a time when the competition to attract new businesses and industries, and to create high-tech jobs, is tougher than it’s ever been. This exciting public-private initiative promises a major boost to the educational quality, economic competitiveness, and overall strength of many local communities.”