A $395,000 grant will help provide the Greater Olean area with increased access to broadband internet.

The funds delivered with this grant will purchase and install fixed wireless broadband equipment and backhaul fiber at eight cell towers in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties where the area's hilly land and low density have discouraged the private sector from deploying broadband, leaving thousands without access to reliable high-speed internet,” Rep. Tom Reed, who announced the grant, said.

The Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board will receive the grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The board will use the funds for its Southwest New York Wireless Broadband Project, which will provide 25 Mbps internet service to 2,300 households and 206 businesses currently without access to broadband internet.

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“I congratulate Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board for being a FY 2019 POWER grantee and commend them on the leadership they have shown in their community,” Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas said.

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