Light Up Livingston

Light-Up-Livington_Logo'Light Up Livingston' is a Livingston County initiative that responds to the need for high-speed, affordable broadband service in the County. The goal is to provide the opportunity for access to high-speed, fiber-optic internet to every address. This effort is comprised of several phases, internet service providers and grant opportunities (where available).

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.

A Phased Approach

  • Phase I (complete)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.
  • Phase II (in progress)This phase is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a Rural eConnectivity (ReConnect) grant. Livingston County was awarded through the second round of funding from this source and on the maps, this is referred to as the "Awarded ReConnect Areas."  A public-private partnership was formed between Livingston County and Empire Access. Empire Access will own and operate hundreds of miles of a fiber-optic network that will offer reliable, high-speed Internet access to approximately 1,118 addresses in Livingston County. Upon completion, those 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.
  • Phase III (pending grant award)Livingston County and Empire Access applied to the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) for grant funding. If awarded, this NTIA project will provide high-speed internet access to approximately 3,356 addresses in Livingston County. This application was filed in August 2021.
  • Phase IV (pending grant award)Through the same USDA ReConnect grant program that Phase II was funded through, Livingston County and Empire Access partnered again for an application to provide high-speed internet access to about 4,622 addresses in Livingston County. This application was filed on March 9, 2022.

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. Stay tuned for more information about future broadband expansion. 

To find out about broadband grants, click on the buttons in the web application above: 

Blue: Legend (More information becomes visible as the user zooms in)
Green: Livingston County Base Data Layers
Orange: Grants awarded data layers
Brown: Grants applied for data layers
Grey: 2019 County Broadband Survey Data: internet service providers as reported.

 View the Livingston County broadband web application on a separate web page.

 View the Livingston County Broadband Initiatives PDF Map showing the same information. 

When will high speed internet be available at my address?

Please visit the providers' websites for availability, pricing and timing of installation:

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Background and Methods

Livingston County recognizes the vital importance of broadband access. There have been technical studies which acknowledge the need for improved access to broadband internet. These studies include the County’s Strategic Plan, the County’s anti-poverty initiative called THRIVE LivINgston, the County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan, and the Livingston County Economic Development Strategic Plan.

The county commissioned a county-wide asset inventory, an engineering report and a public survey to analyze the need and shape future strategies for rural broadband development. The survey was distributed county-wide in the winter of 2019 to residents, businesses, and farm operators. It was designed to collect data on current broadband services, offerings and speeds by location. The results from the survey have been vital for a better understanding of the internet landscape in the county. Among respondents:

  • 41% lack sufficient internet access in Livingston County today
  • 90% of respondents consider broadband internet to be vital public infrastructure
  • 79% stated that government should play a role in financing high-speed internet development

For a more detailed presentation of Livingston County's broadband efforts please see the slide presentation from the Light Up Livingston Update as given to the Finger Lakes Digital Inclusion Coalition on September 28, 2021.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find FAQs associated with the 'Light Up Livingston' initiative.

Additional Information

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 County broadband officials here or call 585-243-7550. We're happy to gather more information from citizens about internet speeds, availability and the progress of this project.

New York State Broadband Assessment Program

Under the Comprehensive Broadband Connectivity Act of 2021, the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) is directed to study, on an annual basis, the availability, reliability, and cost of high-speed broadband service in New York State. The Broadband Assessment Program is administered by DPS to fulfill these obligations and produce an interactive map of its findings. 

The interactive map can be found at https://mapmybroadband.dps.ny.gov

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