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County Infrastructure Increases Broadband Competition

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Ontario County built a $12 million countywide fiber network to provide county government with much needed broadband services. The network also spurs competition by providing an open access network on which multiple providers offer services.  

Former County CIO Ed Hemminger tells discusses how the network led to businesses in the county getting cost effective alternatives to incumbent telecom and cable providers, reduces government operating costs by replacing outdated expensive legacy communication systems and enables businesses with multiple locations within the county to create powerful private intranets.