BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – City of Buffalo residents on the West Side and Elmwood Village should expect a new option for internet as early as next year.
Greenlight Networks, a Rochester-based internet company, announced Tuesday that they will expand into high-demand areas of the city. The announcement came less than a year after the company announced their plans to expand into Buffalo thanks in part to a $100 million investment from former Sabres owner, Tom Golisano.
The company recently finalized a Master License Agreement with the city and is beginning its pre-construction work. Greenlight President and CEO, Mark Murphy, told WBEN they need to get property easements for utility poles and other measures.
“It’s a large undertaking that has to occur before we’re able to begin construction,” Murphy said. “Once we begin construction, that’s the easy part. That’s the part that most people get to see in advance.”
Demand for better internet access is high across the city. Greenlight chose those two areas of the city because of initial demand.
“One of the things we’re eager to do is to work with the city and that was part of our ongoing discussions with a number of folks at the city and a number of community organizations,” Murphy said. “We’re making sure we have significant outreach across the city to create awareness on who we are, what we do, and to get involved in digital inclusion to make sure everybody has an opportunity to get our service.”
Those interested in changing their internet service provider can contact Greenlight through their website.
Murphy said some areas will be ready to go as early as the second quarter of 2021, though much of that is dependent on when the utility companies will be ready to go. By the end of next year, they hope to service approximately 10,000 homes and as many as 30,000 homes by 2022.
There are also efforts to expand into other communities in Buffalo. Murphy said they are still in contact with community centers about providing services at one location for others to use.
More details on that initiative will be released in the coming months.