Empire Access, telecommunications service provider in the Finger Lakes region, has reached an agreement to acquire the Axcess Ontario fiber ring. The Axcess Ontario fiber ring is a 200-plus-mile open-access fiber optic network in Ontario County. The fiber ring offers telecommunications carriers access to a countywide fiber optic network with the ultimate goal of improving telecommunications services in Ontario County.

“By combining our networks, we can offer fiber services to substantially more homes and businesses within Ontario County.” said Jim Baase, COO of Empire Access. “We’re eager to continue expansion of the Axcess Ontario fiber ring and increase fiber optic service availability within the county.”

“Empire Access is a natural fit. They’re a fast-growing local company with a proven track record of successfully using open-access networks to provide high-quality services to residential and business customers,” said Sean Barry, CEO of Axcess Ontario.

Since 2005, Axcess Ontario has built and maintained an open-access fiber optic network infrastructure within Ontario County. Axcess Ontario was established by Ontario County local law as a local development corporation with headquarters in Canandaigua. The open-access network provides advanced connectivity for telecommunications carriers and business-to-business companies.

“As a family-owned and operated company, we share in Axcess Ontario’s original goal of serving the public through deployment of cutting-edge communications technologies,” said Baase.

Empire Access offers residential and business fiber optic services in the Village of Naples, along with a wide array of fiber optic business services in Canandaigua and Geneva by way of the Axcess Ontario network. The company will expand service availability to surrounding communities in the upcoming months and offer fiber optic high-speed Internet, phone and security solutions to residential and business customers within Ontario County.

After starting in 1896 with one telephone line in Prattsburgh, Empire Access has grown significantly as a family owned, locally based communications provider serving large areas of Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania. Today’s Empire offers a wide range of products and services from basic phone service to customized phone solutions, scalable high‐speed Fiber Optic Internet, basic to enhanced digital TV service and advanced security solutions. Responding to a variety of business and consumer needs, Empire continues to expand into new areas while retaining a strong focus on local, personalized customer service. Empire Access offers Fiber Optic service in Arkport, Batavia, Bath, Big Flats, Burdett, Canandaigua, Canisteo, Corning, Dansville, Elmira, Geneva, Hammondsport, Hornell, LeRoy, Montour Falls, Naples, North Hornell, Odessa, Prattsburgh, Penn Yan, Warsaw, Watkins Glen, and Waverly in New York and Sayre, Athens, South Waverly and Troy in Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.empireaccess.com.

About Axcess Ontario

Imagine where fiber technology can take us. Axcess Ontario has. With an open-access, dark-fiber infrastructure and a non-profit approach — serving as an example for a national model — the 200-plus-mile fiber ring has Ontario County on the fast track to greater economic development, better quality of life, and global competitiveness. By providing this critical source for advanced connectivity and increased flexibility through quicker, more affordable broadband, businesses and organizations, as well as residents, will have improved capabilities like never before. For more information, visit www.axcessontario.com.