In 2019 STN applied to and was awarded three grants for the design and construction of diverse and redundant pathways to strengthen STN’s existing fiber backbone. STN collaborated with regional health care, education, and emergency management internet service providers, businesses and emergency managers to assess the region’s telecommunication network vulnerabilities. This group designed the 83.5 miles of new diversity pathways to protect against potential interruptions in network availability.
The $3.9M project funding was secured through the Economic Development Administration, Appalachian Regional Commission and New York State Empire State Development.
Constructing redundant and diverse dark fiber pathways will provide benefit to the customers of STN, bolstering the reliability of telecommunication services for all stakeholders.
The construction to improve route diversity will start in the late summer/fall of 2020 and is expected to be completed within two years. The new, extended network routes and customer connections will include:
- BOCES Regional WAN – 1.5 miles
- BOCES Regional WAN – 1.4 miles
- Chemung St. to Lattabrook Rd (Elmira) – 2.2 miles
- Elmira diversity to Jerusalem Hill Rd – 4.6 miles
- Rt. 427 & CR. 60 to connect at state border in Waverly, NY / Sayre, PA – 16.5 miles
- Ithaca to Watkins Glen – 32.3 miles
- Branchport to Pulteney – 13.3 miles
- Perkinsville Diversity – 4.7 miles
- Ithaca to Guthrie clinic – 7.1 miles