Jan 15, 2021

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Internet service in Capital Region a story of the haves, have nots

By Larry Rulison
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Albany

Imagine not having high-speed internet at home.

That may be hard to do for people who live in towns like Wilton, Niskayuna, Clifton Park, Guilderland and Bethlehem.

But in some towns in rural Washington and Warren counties, as well as far-flung parts of Albany County, the majority of households lack decent internet service, a new study by the Center for Economic Growth found.

The news isn't all that bad.

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More districts to begin in-school coronavirus surveillance testing

By Rachel Silberstein
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Watervliet City Schools will begin testing at least 10 percent of its on-site students and staff next week, school officials have announced.

The testing will be administered by school nurses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on a rotating basis starting with the junior and senior high school on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and at Watervliet Elementary School on Friday, Jan. 22.

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Cuomo: 74 percent of vaccine in New York has been administered

By Chris Bragg
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New York has administered 74 percent of the state's supply of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Friday.

The Cuomo administration has been criticized for a bumpy roll out of the program as frustrations mount about lack of access and glitches in setting up appointments. At a Friday briefing in Albany, Cuomo gave the state good marks, but acknowledged there could be improvements.

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Verizon adding high-speed internet in Hoosick

By Larry Rulison
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Verizon is installing fiber-optic cables in the town of Hoosick as part of its agreement with the state to upgrade its high-speed internet network upstate.

The expansion of Verizon's high-speed internet servivce in Hoosick is part of a 2018 agreement with the state Public Service Commission to bring high-speed internet to 14,000 additional upstate homes.

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