Archtop Fiber, a provider of multi-gigabit and voice services focused on the northeast, has entered a strategic agreement to build a fiber network in the town and village of Saugerties, NY.

The project, which will break ground in November, is the first part of an initiative that eventually will span 250 fiber miles. It is part of the company’s acquisition and broadband strategy in the historic Hudson Valley of New York. The company says the strategy is fully funded and will include the city of Kingston, the town of Ulster and other locations.

“Nestled between the Hudson River and the Catskills, Saugerties is the perfect location to begin our journey to advance our mission of bringing state-of-the-art Internet access to the communities across the Northeast that need it most,” Archtop Fiber Chairman and CEO Jeff DeMond said in a press release. “We are proud to serve as the official technology partner for this thriving community, and the network we are developing will open new doors — bringing the digital world to Saugerties’ businesses, schools, libraries, health organizations, farms and community centers.” 

The Post Road Group has an investment more than $350 million in Archtop Fiber. The company, which is based in Kingston, laid out its plans for the Hudson Valley in August. The goal is to reach more than 500,000 homes and businesses with XGS-PON architecture.

The company’s leadership also was announced in August. It consists of telecommunications industry veterans including DeMond (previously president and CEO of Vyve Broadband), Lenny Higgins (President and COO; formerly President and CEO of The Nexus Group), Shawn Beqaj (chief development officer; formerly vice president, regulatory and interconnection, for the Armstrong Group) and Diane Quennoz (chief customer officer; formerly senior vice president of marketing and customer experience at Vyve Broadband).

There are a lot of new names – and familiar names doing new things – in the telecom industry. Much of the activity is due to funding made available by the government in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic

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