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NORA: Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance

NORA Rural Broadband Intiative

Internet access remains spotty in rural areas across the United States, a fact which is particularly true in New York State. The Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance (NORA) was formed by two neighboring counties in Upstate New York that began losing local businesses and significant economic development opportunities because of a lack of high-speed Internet service in more rural areas. Residents, business owners, local municipalities, libraries, economic development agencies, small and agri-businesses were challenged day-to-day as were thousands of students; all found the lack of connectivity hindered their ability to connect with peers and compete in the marketplace.

The first of it's kind in the state, the goal of the NORA Rural Broadband Initiative is to ensure every resident, student, small and agri-business and each county’s rural tourism industries have access to affordable, reliable high-speed Internet that is equal to that of the more metropolitan areas in New York State.

Recognized in 2015 at the Third Annual NYS Broadband Summit with an award for the "Most Collaborative Broadband Program," the New York State Broadband Office also accepted NORA's parcel-by-parcel tracking data in order to correct and update the state's coverage maps. Legislators from Niagara and Orleans counties organized at a time when there was no footprint to form the first-of-its-kind dual alliance in the state and have developed "the" model to more accurately survery and deliver reliable broadband to rural communities. 

NORA - In The Press 

05/03/16   WGRZ-TV Ch. 2 (Buffalo):   In Niagara & Orleans, A Plan to Bring Broadband to Everyone.

05/03/16   BATAVIA DAILY NEWS:   NORA waiting for Time Warner-Charter Communications merger to continue to pursue project
04/24/16   BUFFALO NEWS:   Time Warner-Charter merger delays Niagara-Orleans broadband project
04/20/16   LOCKPORT UNION-SUN & JOURNAL:   County extends life of rural broadband agreement
08/08/15   LOCKPORT UNION-SUN JOURNAL:   NORA finds vendor for rural broadband network
08/08/15   NIAGARA GAZETTE:   Niagara, Orleans counties team up for rural broadband project
08/06/15   BUFFALO BUSINESS FIRST:   Niagara, Orleans counties pursuing high-speed Internet access in rural regions
08/05/15   ORLEANS HUB:   Orleans, Niagara pick vendors for rural broadband
08/05/15   BUFFALO NEWS:   Seneca firm to operate broadband service in Niagara, Orleans counties
06/30/15   ORLEANS HUB:   Orleans-Niagara see strength in 2-county 'marriage'
06/16/15   ORLEANS HUB:   Niagara-Orleans broadband effort recognized at summit in Albany
04/01/15   ORLEANS HUB:   Orleans, Niagara counties pleased with state Broadband initiative
03/18/15   BUFFALO NEWS:   State funding rules may obstruct rural broadband plans
01/18/15   BUFFALO NEWS:   Four bidders interested in supplying rural broadband in Niagara, Orleans counties