Southern Tier Network (STN) Expansion
In 2014 the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council identified this Project as a priority consistent with its Regional Plan to expand high-speed Internet, stimulate local business growth, create jobs, and enhance the economic well-being of the region.
In 2015 the New York State Empire State Development Agency awarded STN $5.0M to extend its dark fiber backbone network 100+ miles. This project extended STN’s open access, dark fiber network east from Chemung County, through the counties of Tioga and Broome, to Kirkwood, NY; north to Tompkins County from Owego, NY, into Ithaca, NY, and west from Steuben County, Greenwood, NY, into Allegany County, Alfred, NY. The project also connected Alfred University, SUNY Binghamton University, and Cornell University to STN’s dark fiber infrastructure.
The network expansion was completed in Spring of 2019 and is now fully operational.