SCHROON LAKE, N.Y., Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Slic Network Solutions President Phil Wagschal met with representatives of the Town of Schroon Lake Broadband Committee this past Friday to provide an update on Slic's progress in bringing fiber optic Internet to the town. During the public meeting, Wagschal updated the committee, along with residents and government officials about the Internet service that will provide Schroon Lake with dramatically faster Internet when compared to other broadband providers currently offering service in the area.
"There has been a long time delay, and that delay is finally over when it comes to bringing blazing fast Internet in Schroon Lake," proclaimed Phil Wagschal. "This past week we submitted our make ready requests to run fiber optic cable throughout Schroon Lake to National Grid and Verizon, owners of the poles. Slic is now on track to have the town wired for fiber optic Internet service by the end of March 2017."
"Make Ready" is the first part of a construction process to build a fiber optic network that entails connecting to Slic's ultra-fast backbone, installing optical routers and switches, and stringing the fiber optic cable on utility poles. The Make Ready applications submitted by Slic are the result of Slic's recently received outside funding. The multi-month build out of the local physical plant will begin as soon as Make Ready is completed by the utility pole owners.
"The NY Broadband Program Office has been very supportive of our efforts in Schroon Lake and elsewhere," added Wagschal. "We know from our field surveys that there are many areas in the Town of Schroon that lack any broadband service, or where there is coverage, the residents are using much slower and often more expensive satellite or 4G cellular service to stay connected. Slic focuses its business on unserved residential areas, so, we expect Schroon Lake to be a repeat of our successes in other communities."
Following completion of the network construction, residents and business owners in Schroon Lake will also be able to experience the fastest broadband Internet available in the area at a series of Wi-Fi hotspots that Slic will deploy in cooperation with the New York State Broadband Program Office.
The Town of Schroon Lake is home to over 850 people according to the 2010 U.S. Census and makes up roughly half the population in the Town of Schroon in the Adirondack Park area of Essex County, NY. Like many other rural communities, the town has both full-time and seasonal residents, some of whom use their residences as second homes or summer vacation homes and are already experiencing high-speed Internet at the primary residences elsewhere.
"The project has been years in coming. Frustration has been felt by many, including some committee members. Finally, we appear to be entering the back stretch. Our commendations to Phil and Slic for sticking with us and seeing this project through to completion," said Don Sage, Broadband Committee Chair for the Town of Schroon Lake.
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