By CRAIG FREILICH
NICHOLVILLE – Nicholville-based Slic Network Solutions’ Phil Wagschal has accepted the Extraordinary Broadband Leadership Award from the state-sponsored Broadband Champion Awards for the company’s work in developing broadband service in northern New York.
“It’s very important for the company and continues to build on our success,” said Slic President Wagschal. “It’s evidence of a trend and creates momentum for what we’re about to do.”
By that Wagschal meant the company’s continuing expansion of broadband service into rural areas, and particularly the next effort in the Adirondacks. The company has spent several years wiring out-of-the-way places, including many in St. Lawrence County.
“The Extraordinary Broadband Leadership Award is presented to an individual or company who has provided a major influence on the direction and success of broadband development in New York State, and has dedicated time and leadership abilities to establish successful practices, which expand broadband infrastructure,” a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ofice said.
“Wagschal has been a leader in bringing Internet connectivity to rural New York for more than 25 years. He was the creative force that grew Nicholville Telephone’s local Internet access provider from conventional dial-up to the fastest-in-the-nation technology and continues to lead technical and local market efforts today. His vision for broadband – and his dedication to bringing it to fruition – in rural New York might be best exemplified by his company’s pursuit and receipt of Federal Stimulus Funding as well as several New York State broadband grants, including Connect NY, which have afforded the installation of more than 800 miles of middle-mile and last-mile fiber to extend broadband reach to 6,000 unserved or underserved homes,” the statement said.
The Broadband Champion Awards were presented to state broadband leaders who have performed outstanding work in the industry and have made a significant impact on advancing broadband access and adoption in New York.
Winners of that and other awards were honored at the second State Broadband Summit in Albany Thursday.