Greene County to kick in $2.2 million toward countywide high-speed internet

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CATSKILL – The Greene County Legislature Monday voted to contribute $2.2 million of its American Rescue Plan Act funding toward a collaboration with three internet service providers to install high-speed fiber internet to unserved areas of the county.

The legislature authorized the execution of three contracts with Mid-Hudson Cable, Margaretville Telephone Company, and Charter Communications to provide the service.

The county’s portion of the funding will install internet service to some 1,400 addresses and 112 miles of unserved roadways. The county’s contribution will fund the most difficult last roads.

The internet service providers will continue to build out roads with high-speed internet in their normal course of business to approximately 725 addresses and 47 miles of road.

When completed, virtually all existing Greene County addresses on the electric grid will have access to high-speed internet.

Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger said by using ARPA funds for the county share, “it will put no additional burden on our taxpayers and provide access to a service that is essential to how we live, work and learn.”