**Please note that this page will be updated as we have more information and the project moves forward**
The Madison County ReConnect Project is funded by a USDA Rural Development ReConnect Grant for construction of a capable fiber optic broadband network, leased to Empire Access to reach unserved/underserved homes, businesses, and farms in our County.
In July 2021, Madison County was one of two New York State projects awarded the Grant. The $14M project includes $10.1M in USDA grant monies and a required 25% match from Madison County.
The initial build out of the broadband to the Proposed Funded Service Areas (PFSA) will connect 2,170 people, 50 farms, and 30 businesses to high-speed broadband. To serve these areas, lines will be run in almost a circle through the County. The plan is after the initial build-out, Empire Access will be able to provide service to communities along that route, and be a major competitor for our existing providers.
PFSA's (Proposed Funded Service Areas)
The Proposed Funded Service Area (PFSA) of the Project are the areas that were approved by USDA for build-out using the Grant monies. See the map below of the current PFSA's. You can zoom in/out to see more detail.