Broadband Expansion Project

Updates and Information

As you may already know, GTel was lucky enough to have been awarded government funding from the New NY Broadband Program, which was created in 2015 to help provide unserved and underserved areas in New York with sufficient broadband services.

Over the past year, we have been working with State officials, engineers, and contractors to plan out the upgrade and expansion of our service area.  Our engineering company, Vantage Point Solutions, began staking the project in late 2017.  We began construction in some high priority areas in early 2018.

The first phase of the build focused on completing the territory “express fibers”.  These fibers are included in the main distribution cables that span along State and County roads, building the backbone to which all of the homes will then connect.

Because of the breadth of the project, we’ve been enlisting the services of local New York contractors, including Schupp’s Line Construction.  Schupp’s is a certified, family owned and operated construction company that shares many of the same values as GTel – pride, quality and service.  Now that construction is underway, you will see Schupp’s and GTel vehicles and employees working together to get the job done.

Key Dates to Consider

Fall 2017  –  Staking and construction of the main-line distribution fibers begins in the Town of Germantown.

December 31, 2021  –  All eligible housing units will have access to the GTel Fiber network.

To learn more about the New NY Broadband Program, visit them online here.

Construction Update

These Construction Updates refer to the progress of the main distribution fiber construction for Units awarded to GTel in Phases 1 and 2 of the NYS Broadband Grant.  Once we have completed this backbone construction, we will move forward with strategically converting and connecting the homes and businesses in our serving zones.

December 21, 2018

Total Units* To-Be Passed
Units* Passed To-Date
Total Miles to be Built
Miles Constructed To-Date
Clermont 822 594 18.2 15.4
Gallatin 604 160 61.4 49.08
Germantown 1171 1171 23.6 23.6
Livingston 1434 429 87.5 30.29
Taghkanic 753 34 76.6 5.27

*Units refer to any home, business or structure, as defined by the FCC.