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Cortland Standard: $9M grant fuels Dryden Fiber expansion plans

Posted Wednesday, July 3, 2024 12:00 am


Now that the town of Dryden has been awarded a $9 million grant by the state of New York, town residents — and those of the town of Caroline — may want some answers on when they can get high-speed internet service.

Dryden Fiber Wins Unprecedented $8.9 Million Grant

Dryden, NY (June 24, 2024) Internet service in Dryden and Caroline will soon be vastly expanded, thanks to a successful grant submitted by Dryden Fiber, a broadband provider operated by the Town of Dryden. Federal, state, and local officials gathered at Dryden Town Hall today to celebrate the news. The competitive grant was awarded by the New York State ConnectALL Office’s Municipal Infrastructure Program, after an extensive review process. Dryden Fiber is the only municipally owned and operated internet service provider in New York State.  

Dryden Fiber Property Owner Release Process

Dryden Fiber recognizes there are property owners in the Town of Dryden who have tenants who may want Dryden Fiber. In order for the Dryden Fiber installation team to build a connection from the fiberoptic network to homes and buildings of rental properties, we are asking landlords to sign a release. This release grants the Town of Dryden and Dryden Fiber permission to connect to the building or buildings on site via telephone poles or conduit (underground, buried).

Dryden Fiber Featured in Rural Internet Article on WSKG

On February 7th, 2024, WSKG aired (during Morning Edition) and posted a story about rural communities and getting residents online. The story features Dryden Fiber with comments by Town Supervisor Jason Leifer, Deputy Town Supervisor Dan Lamb, and chair of the Tompkins County Legislature Dan Klein. There's also an interview with Town of Caroline Town Supervisor Mark Witmer.

Cortland Standard Editorial: Go, Dryden broadband, go

Cortland Standard editorial, published Friday, October 13th, 2023

Living “off the grid” is great — if you’re so inclined. No ringing of a telephone to disturb your peace, no social media to distract you. Maybe that will be our retirement plan; quiet country living certainly sounds like a welcome break from the noise and tumult of a busy world.

Kelles, Dryden Officials Praise Passage of Telecommunications Legislation

WXHC reported on the press conference following the passage of NY State telecommunications legislation.


On Monday, Assemblymember Anna Kelles and local officials in Dryden celebrated the passage of legislation introduced during this year’s legislative session that promises to reshape the telecommunications landscape for residents across New York State.

A1260 Broadband Bill Signed Press Conference

Assemblymember Kelles and Dryden local officials celebrate Gov. Hochul signing bill A1260 into law, allowing local municipalities to bond for broadband infrastructure.

Watch the press conference here:

Dryden Fiber project enters phase three

Tompkins Weekly, September 27th, 2023, "Dryden Fiber project enters phase three"

The Dryden Fiber project recently entered phase three, as Dryden officials continue their mission of providing widespread broadband service.

Town hires broadband marketer, installation coordinator for Dryden Fiber

Tompkins Weekly published a Dryden Fiber update in the Dryden Dispatch column on June 21, 2023.

The Town of Dryden is making moves as its municipal broadband project continues to gain traction.

The Dryden Town Board recently approved the hirings of a marketer and an installation coordinator for Dryden Fiber.

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