With the signing of a memorandum of understanding, Orleans County has awarded Resolute Partners and Seneca Solutions (Formerly Seneca Telecommunications) its project to connect rural areas to high-speed Internet services. The broadband infrastructure and network will supply more than 4,000 underserved homes and businesses in the two counties.
Information distributed by the Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance (NORA) provides additional details on Resolute's role in the project:
The framework provided in the MOU will help position the NORA Broadband Initiative for funding from the New NY Broadband Program, an unprecedented $500 million broadband access grant program included in the 2015-2016 state budget. County leaders, while maintaining regular contact with the NYS Broadband Program Office, are targeting this funding source as a game-changer in making the build-out o of a new network possible. The goal is to make service available to 100% of households in the two-county region.
The MOU outlines high-level responsibilities of the Counties, which include making previous studies and reports available, ensuring access to County infrastructure to build-out the network, identifying funding opportunities and grantwriting, and helping with any necessary permits. The Seneca Solutions/Resolute Partners team will be responsible for designing a broadband solution to meet the Counties’ needs; develop plans for operations, maintenance, sales, and marketing; and providing all technical expertise necessary to implement the project.
Resolute's experience in wired and wireless networks dates back almost two decades and includes work with military bases, large campuses, rural broadband and energy management for a variety of clients, including the Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs and Seneca Nation of Indians (NY). If you're interested in learning more about how Resolute could help your town or county with its broadband needs, please reach out to us here.