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September 12, 2013

Broadband meeting set today in Dannemora

DANNEMORA — Dannemora town residents are invited to learn more about broadband Internet coverage for the Chazy Lake area in a meeting at 10 a.m. today.

Thomas Cohan, director of government relations at Charter Communications, will answer questions and provide the public with information at the session, scheduled at the Dannemora Town Hall.

A $976,000 state grant will fund the installation of a broadband network, which will run from Belmont to Standish in a project scheduled to be finished by June of next year, but it leaves gaps in coverage for area residents.

“We’re trying to get something going for the Chazy Lake area. They’re caught in between,” Dannemora Town Supervisor Americo “Ves” Pivetta said Wednesday. “They’ve got to have service.”

The meeting was requested by residents, Pivetta said, adding that Cohan is traveling from the Boston area.

Lorraine MacIntosh, who serves on a town committee focused on bringing high-speed Internet to Dannemora, says she has only dial-up service where she lives in the Chazy Lake hamlet.

She and others there are eager to have modern technology become available to them, she said, as dial-up is exceedingly slow.

The Town of Dannemora is working on obtaining grant money to cover the cost of more high-speed Internet installation projects, but Pivetta said that takes time and funding isn’t guaranteed.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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