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Just An Hour Outside of Binghamton, Spectrum Has Competition

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Corning, NY -

It's been two days since the deadline for Spectrum's digital conversion, which has brought long lines outside their Vestal location to get equipment. Not everyone is happy about having to buy adapter boxes, especially after losing Fox and My Network back in February, but in Broome County, residents have little choice if they want cable or high-speed internet.

One hour away, that's not the case. People in Corning and Elmira have another option. Empire Access, a Prattsburgh-based company has been quietly expanding their customer base.

“Our company is focused into expanding into Chemung County," says Bob VanDelinder, Director of Marketing for Empire Access.

We provide another option.

— Bob VanDelinder, Empire Access

In Corning, Empire is going up against cable giant Spectrum. Easily, the biggest hurdle for this family-owned business is cost.

“It’s expensive to expand fiber facilities, especially in rural areas," says VanDelinder.

Empire offers direct fiber-to-home service and, VanDelinder says, once the wires are up, the playing field levels out.

“We can compete head to head with the larger cable providers for a couple reasons. It's fiber optic service that we're providing so we can offer the fastest internet in town," says VanDelinder.

Spectrum declined an on-camera or phone recorded interview, but spokesman Andrew Russell said it's nothing his company doesn't offer. Russell said Spectrum provides "lightning fast Spectrum Internet with starting speeds of 100 mbps, no modem fees, data caps, or contracts."

Still, Empire is seeing business grow each year and, through the state's Broadband For All program, is introducing residents in smaller Southern Tier communities to high-speed internet.