Our team members at Prestige NY were privy to the happenings at the Northeast Fiber Optic Conference eighth annual trade show. At the event, over 100 companies of all sizes were represented. Their experts shared their insights on the latest trends in the broadband, broadcast technology, and fiber-optics fields.
Some of the most valuable information we obtained is specific to rural broadband efforts. They are hot topics within the industry. This is especially true for those hoping to expand broadband in New York. In fact, the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, chimed in with his vision. He hopes every region in New York will have access to broadband by 2019.
For this vision to become a reality, we at Prestige NY note that things must evolve on the local level. The regional industry must revise their regulations. This means doing a better job aligning services with those of local cable providers. Doing so will ensure that all customers in the state receive consistent service.
To extend broadband access to remote areas is understandably challenging. It’s a matter of combining cell towers and white space areas. Of course, all efforts must also be in accordance with state and local laws, as well as construction regulations.
Fortunately, officials have received substantial funding to support this initiative. When all is said and done, even lower-income families will be able to enjoy the impact of broadband technology in their homes and their schools. At Prestige NY, we think these are exciting and honorable goals.