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$2.8 million in broadband upgrades for emergency response in New York

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of a $2.8 million project to upgrade broadband service for emergency call centers throughout the North Country, Capital Region and Mohawk Valley.

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The modernization effort provides 1 Gigabit service – with the potential for faster service – and connects 27 public safety locations, including 13 public emergency county 911 sites.

The project enhances public safety by strengthening communication systems, enhancing collaboration between centers, and facilitating the rapid exchange of valuable data.

"Protecting New Yorkers is our number one priority and, when responding to an emergency, every second is crucial," Governor Cuomo said. "These broadband upgrades ensure that our first responders can connect, communicate and respond quickly when they are needed the most."

Supported by a Round II Regional Economic Development Council award – and more than $550,000 in matching funds from the Development Authority of the North Country – each site is fully equipped with state-of-the-art fiber technology that provides a protected, closed circuit network and strengthens the lines of communication.

The network is designed to allow the addition of new sites and services to the 13-county consortium – which was originally expected to consist of 6 counties in the North Country – but now includes Warren, Saratoga, Washington, Schenectady, Albany and Rensselaer in the Capital Region and Fulton in the Mohawk Valley.

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