Want fast internet? Come to the Library!

With its new fiber-to-fiber connection, the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning is the first library in the area to offer ultra-high-speed bandwidth at its public access computers.

“Thanks to our partnership with the Southern Tier Library System (STLS), and thanks to grants from New York State, computer users in the library now have the fastest download and upload speeds around,” said Library Director Pauline Emery. “We’ve gone coaxial cable free!”

A recent connectivity test at the library came up with impressive results: download and upload speeds in excess of 100 Megabits per second; much faster than typical cable or DSL connections.

Library System Executive Director Brian Hildreth said he was delighted that STLS was able to work with the first of its member libraries to bring lighting fast internet to the public. “Corning’s library is just one of 30 plus libraries in our five-county region that will connect to Southern Tier Network (STN) dark fiber. We are in the process of partnering with STN to build our own fiber infrastructure that will provide community members with 100 x 100 internet connectivity through their local public library.”

High speed broadband connections are now possible in our area thanks to the not-for-profit Southern Tier Network (STN), which has constructed a 260-mile long open access optical fiber network in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties. STLS and the Southeast Steuben County Library are directly networked to each other via the STN fiber backbone.

STLS purchases internet service from Time Warner and in turn provides internet access to Southeast Steuben County Library. Expansion of this collective arrangement will reduce costs for all member libraries that connect to the STLS-STN fiber network.

Funding for the new library connections was provided through New York State’s Construction Aid for Libraries program, with the support of New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara and Assembly members Phil Palmesano and Chris Friend.