Light Up Livingston

'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 in the county. 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.

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.

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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 I --- https://nysbroadband.ny.gov/all-phases-municipality or http://armstrongny.com/Home/Map 

Phase II--- www.empireaccess.com/livingston.

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for 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 broadband@co.livingston.ny.us or call 585-243-7550. We're happy to take more information from citizen about internet speeds, availability and progress of this project.