Two alumni helped make SUNY Canton’s connection to the Internet faster than ever before.
The college contracted with the Plattsburgh-based Westelcom to make the upgrades possible by utilizing high-speed fiber optic cables installed by the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC).
“Randy Trombly, Westelcom’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development, and Tom Sauter, DANC’s Deputy Executive Director, were involved in this project” said Director of Information Services Mary Holland. “Coincidentally, both graduated from SUNY Canton in 1981.”
Holland said that bandwidth has increased almost eight times what it was prior to the upgrades. “We are providing ample headroom for growth needed to support SUNY Canton’s online programs and video conferencing,” Holland said.
According to Trombly, Westelcom was formed to provide phone systems to businesses in the North Country. In 1996, the company became an Internet service provider. Shortly there after, they expanded into the networking business, offering high end network support. In 2001, they had over 30,000 internet subscribers. “We have positioned ourselves to be a one-stop shop for area homes and businesses,” noted Trombly.
Trombly, who majored in Mechanical Engineering Technology, said he didn’t cross paths with Sauter in college very often, but was excited to work with him on this project.
Sauter is a longtime supporter of the college. He has served on the SUNY Canton Foundation board and is a current College Council member.
The Development Authority of the North Country is a New York State public benefit corporation, created in 1985. It finances and operates infrastructure and community development projects in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.
“The Development Authority of the North Country operates the Open Access Telecom Network, providing wholesale circuits to a variety of voice, video, and data service providers,” Sauter said. “One of the locations we put on the network is SUNY Canton. We’re extremely pleased that Westelcom is using the Open Access Telecom Network to support SUNY Canton’s Internet upgrade.”