Light Up Livingston
The Livingston County Board of Supervisors and County Administrator Ian M. Coyle are dedicated to improving the high-speed broadband network to enrich the quality of life for residents, ensure that economic development opportunities are available for agriculture and businesses and have a positive impact on education, telemedicine, emergency services, the local economy and home values.
MAP: Click here to view a map of the broadband funding sources in Livingston County.
A Phased Approach
Phase I The New York State Broadband Program Office awarded funding to Hughes Network Systems and Armstrong Telephone to expand high-speed internet in southern Livingston County. This is considered Phase I under 'Light Up Livingston'.
Phase II of 'Light Up Livingston' is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) ReConnect grant program and is the first step toward the County fulfilling its initiative. This phase involves a public-private partnership between Livingston County and Empire Access, a local Internet service provider. County Administrator Ian M. Coyle said, “I would like to thank Empire Access for joining us in this unique public-private partnership. This broadband project will serve as a model for other New York State counties that want to spur development in rural communities and other places that have been neglected for too long.”
The public private partnership with Livingston County and Empire Access was awarded $11,304,241 in the summer of 2021 to serve over 1,000 addresses within Livingston County and over 5,000 addresses in the total Empire Access fiber network buildout area. This includes 96 farms, 22 businesses and 2 essential community facilities.
As part of the public-private partnership, Empire Access will own and operate hundreds of miles of a fiber optic network that will offer reliable, high-speed Internet access to the County’s most underserved and unserved areas. Upon completion, any locations located on the network will have access to 1 Gigabit-level Internet service. More information on pricing and availability can be found at www.empireaccess.com/livingston.
Will There be Future Phases?
Yes! The 'Light Up Livingston' initiative is a phased approach where the county is leveraging grant opportunities as they become available. Right now, there are several funding sources under consideration and grant applications pending. Click here to view a map of the broadband funding sources in Livingston County. Stay tuned for more information about future broadband expansion in the county.
When will High Speed Internet be Available at my Address?
To check your address, please visit the provider's websites for availability, pricing and timing of installation:
Phase II--- www.empireaccess.com/livingston.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for FAQs associated with the 'Light Up Livingston' initiative.
This webpage will be updated regularly as current phases progress and future phases of 'Light Up Livingston' take shape.
For more information on the 'Light Up Livingston' initiative, please email email@example.com or call 585-243-7550. We're happy to take more information from citizen about internet speeds, availability and progress of this project.