JAMESTOWN – Over 143 miles of new and upgraded fiber optic lines will be coming to Northern Chautauqua County communities sometime soon.
The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) and DFT are working together to provide high-speed internet to more than 1,000 homes and businesses in portions of Dunkirk, Cassadaga, Arkwright, Charlotte, Chautauqua, Sheridan, Stockton, and Pomfret.
In February, the CCIDA approved a tax incentive that will allow the broadband company to expand their service.
DFT President and COO Mark Maytum said in a news release that increasing accessibility to reliable high-speed internet in rural areas will help fuel personal, professional, and economic development across the region.
Furthermore, officials said that access to fiber optics is expected to bring a three percent home value increase to residents.
The project was funded through a $4.26 million New NY Broadband Program grant and $1.06 million in matching dollars from DFT.
DFT officials said mainline construction is already complete. To learn more about the fiber optics offered visit DFTCommunications.com/fiber-grant.