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Yates County moves forward with broadband project, which will enhance access for 2,800 households

This week the Yates County Legislature authorized an agreement with New York Engineering Services for $1.06 million.

That firm will be providing engineering and construction supervision for a $14 million project, as part of the county’s high-speed internet access initiative.

The whole project is being funded through a $10.3 million grant through the USDA.

Overall, internet access will be improved across an area of approximately 80 square miles. Around 2,800 households will be impacted.

Some lawmakers, like Rick Wilson, suggested delaying for now, since $3 million of taxpayer dollars is being used for this effort. His takeaway was that checking out other proposals could be beneficial.