Greenlight expansion continues as company looks to speed up process

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After a busy summer expanding into Gates and Greece, Greenlight is now planning to work through the winter.

The local internet provider is wanted by many but only available to those in spots that meet the company’s demand goals.

One such spot is in Webster.    

Residents living on Weaver and Weidel make up just a few of the many people throughout Monroe County without access to Greenlight Internet but that’ll be changing shortly. Greenlight President Mark Murphy tells me they’ve made significant progress since the addition of Tom Golisano.

Despite that, there’s still room for improvement.

“We’re still not keeping up with the demand that we’ve got,” said Murphy.

An up-to-date service map shows an expanded coverage area but it’s still a process that takes time before they install their fiber-optic lines. They need a certain number of people in each neighborhood to sign up.

“We’re bringing on some people that will help engage with them in their communities to help grow that interest,” said Murphy.

The Webster Weaver area recently met their goal so construction is set to begin this week. Neighbors have been waiting years from Greenlight to arrive.

“We’re very excited. We’ve wanted competition in the area for a long time. I have it at work so I was hoping it would come to my household very soon,” said Webster resident Tim Vanwie.

An issue holding back the company has been a lack of skilled contractors available to install their lines. They’ve been addressing the issue throughout this year, adding contractors as they look to speed up the process.
“We’re gonna be able to install twice as many come January as we were before Mr. Golisano came on board,” said Murphy.

Greenlight says they expect to add another 6,000 people to their service area by the end of 2018.

In addition to their work set to begin in Webster and Greece, Murphy told us Greenlight has been active in Irondequoit, Pittsford and East Rochester.

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