Public libraries now offer ultra-high speed Wi-Fi

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

With its new fiber-to-fiber connection, Penn Yan Public Library is one of three libraries in Yates County to offer ultra-high-speed bandwidth at its public access computers and through its Wi-Fi hotspot.

Download and upload speeds are in excess of 100 Megabits per second, much faster than typical cable or DSL connections, and exceed NYS Broadband Standards.

High speed broadband connections are now possible in our area thanks to the not-for-profit Southern Tier Network (STN), which has constructed an open access optical fiber network in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler, and Yates counties. Southern Tier Library System (STLS) and Penn Yan Public Library are directly networked to each other via the STN fiber backbone. Expansion of this collective arrangement will reduce costs for all member libraries that connect to the STLS via the STN fiber network.

STLS Executive Director Brian Hildreth said he is delighted that STLS is able to work with member libraries to bring lighting fast internet to the public.

“Penn Yan Public Library is one of 23 libraries in our five-county region that is now connected to the Southern Tier Network. This means nearly 200,000 residents have access to broadband through their local public library. Libraries are really leading the way for broadband connectivity in our rural communities,” Hildreth explained.

Funding for the new library connections was provided through New York State’s Construction Aid for Libraries program, with the support of New York State Sen. Thomas O’Mara and Assembly member Phil Palmesano.