LONG LAKE, N.Y., May 31, 2016 -- Slic Network Solutions today announced the completion of its fiber-optic network that brings high-speed Internet, voice and video throughout the town of Long Lake. The project, supported by a NYS Regional Council Award, delivers blazing-fast Internet service to over 750 homes and businesses in and around the hamlet. With the completion of the network, Long Lake becomes the Adirondacks' first-gigabit fiber community.
"Only recently have small towns across the country started to see fiber Internet become available from pioneering communications companies," said Phil Wagschal, President of Slic Networks. "With fiber, everything you do online will feel faster and smoother, providing the residents and businesses with the best experience available anywhere."
Gigabit fiber is already being deployed around the U.S. by Google, AT&T, and other emerging providers. Those deployments are usually offered in larger, more metropolitan cities including Kansas City, Austin or Atlanta, while some communities likeChattanooga, TN have built their own gigabit networks.
"Slic's efforts have brought fast and reliable services to Long Lake," said Clark Seaman, Long Lake Town Supervisor. "They are providing critical infrastructure for the growth and sustainment of the community as we look toward the future. And, their locally based support team has been outstanding, delivering great customer service."
This announcement comes just days after Strategic Networks Group, a world leader in broadband econometrics, ranked New York State number one in the nation for broadband activity and investment.
Funded by a combination of State of New York grant money and investment from Slic Network Solutions, the 30-mile project demonstrates how public-private partnerships address the access gap which many rural New York communities face. "This Regional Council Award has helped expand our network to many towns that lacked access to high-speed Internet," added Wagschal, "We believe the combination of this program, and New York State's unparalleled support, are critical elements to the economic development of the North Country."
The Long Lake project is the first of eight Slic expansion communities supported by New York State and administered by theNew York State Broadband Program Office. The remaining seven build outs will bring the same fiber optic services to the northern New York communities of Minerva, Newcomb, Schroon Lake, Bellmont, Lyon Mountain, and Black Lake.
Once completed, these projects will add over 320 route miles to Slic's existing 800 miles throughout northern New York. The new projects will provide unsurpassed connectivity to over 4700 homes and businesses that lack high-speed Internet access today. Slic currently provides these advanced services to over 23 communities north of Long Lake.
"Just five years ago, fiber-optic service and these Internet speeds were unimaginable throughout Long Lake," said Bill Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. "We appreciate the efforts of New York State, the leadership of Governor Cuomo, and the commitment of Slic Networks in making this a reality. Fiber connectivity is a real game changer in regards to the quality of life and economic potential for the residents of the county."
"Governor Cuomo's leadership has made it possible for the most remote areas of the state to become active participants in the digital economy," said Empire State Development Executive Director of Broadband & Innovation Jeffrey Nordhaus. "The Broadband Program Office congratulates Slic on its formal opening of the Long Lake market, supported by a Regional Council Round 2 grant. This is a win for the Adirondacks and New York State's vision for broadband for all."
Some Long Lake subscribers are already enjoying Slic's speedy and reliable Internet while seasonal residents are scheduling installations for the coming summer months. "The service has been fabulous with Internet speeds that are so much faster that what I've ever had before," said Stephanie Wells of Long Lake, NY.
For more information on the Long Lake fiber network, visit www.slic.com/longlake
About Slic Network Solutions
A wholly owned subsidiary of Nicholville Telephone Company, Slic Network Solutions delivers fiber optic based high-speed Internet, phone, and television services to 23 communities throughout northern New York.