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New high-speed internet option available to some Buffalo residents in 2021

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Posted at 8:48 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 08:48:34-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Construction is underway to provide a new high-speed internet service to some parts of Buffalo beginning in 2021.

Greenlight Networks says high-speed internet should be available to nearly 10,000 homes across the Buffalo Niagara region by the end of 2021.

Here's a map showing which Buffalo neighborhoods should have access to internet from Greenlight Networks by the second quarter of 2021

“There is clearly a demand and need in this community as more than 14,000 Western New Yorkers have visited our website and expressed interest in our faster fiber Internet service,” said Mark Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Greenlight Networks. “This was reinforced when the pandemic hit and the impact it has had has demonstrated to everyone the importance of having fast and reliable internet. During this time when we have all been forced to work and learn from home, we have seen an increase in demand for our high-speed
Internet services and are pleased to announce our initial expansion plans in the Buffalo area.”

Greenlight says its fiber optic network will deliver data speeds as high as 2 GBPS, with a base speed of 500 MBPS, costing $50 a month.

“Greenlight is building a new network here in Buffalo, not riding an existing one,” explains Murphy. “We are bringing a new technology to this market that enables higher speeds. Constructing a fiber network is an arduous process and involves significant design, planning and construction work to lay hundreds of miles of new fiber-optic cable, which supports much higher data transmission speeds than traditional networks. Parts of this process are reliant on the utility companies, municipalities and homeowners and we plan to keep the community informed of our progress as we build out our network.”

If you are interested, you can fill out this form to see if the service will be available in your area.