In this episode, we hear from Jason Leifer, Dryden Town Supervisor; Ryan Garrison, director of technology at HUNT Engineers, Architects & Surveyors; and Gina Nienaber, director of portfolio marketing at Ciena. They're some of the team behind Dryden Fiber, a municipal fiber network being deployed in the town of Dryden in Tompkins County, New York. We discuss the digital divide in Dryden, how the decision to create a municipal broadband network came about, the timeline for this project and much more.
Here are just a few topics discussed in this episode:
- Background on Dryden and its broadband history (01:12)
- How the town decided on a municipal fiber model (03:38)
- Financing challenges (08:24)
- Role of HUNT in developing the plan for Dryden Fiber (10:28)
- The technology being used for fiber deployment (17:44)
- Existing challenges to Dryden's model in state law (21:05)
- Timeline for Dryden Fiber's launch (26:58)
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— Nicole Ferraro, site editor, Broadband World News; senior editor, global broadband coverage, Light Reading. Host of "The Divide" on the Light Reading Podcast.
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