With both a great deal of enthusiasm and a sense of duty, SLIC Network Solutions, based in Nicholville, NY, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Keene Valley Video & Internet.
KVVI has been a reliable and important information and communication provider to the community since late 1979 when Tim Whitney and George Bright set the original satellite dish at the Keene Valley Garage. The system was put into quick use and brought the indelible images from the 1980 Winter Olympics from neighboring Lake Placid into the living rooms of Keene residents. Recognizing the importance of broadband for a vibrant, sustainable community, KVVI partnered with the High Peaks Education Foundation in 2006 to build the town wide broadband project. This volunteer led mission delivered on providing access to 95% of town residents and 100% of school age children, teachers and educational staff while setting the standard for utilizing public-private partnerships to make a meaningful, positive impact locally. Since that time, the company has grown with the times and the demands of first rate customers.
SLIC is a North Country company whose mission is to connect communities to the world by providing broadband, telephone and TV services over a state-of-the-art fiber optic network. SLIC and its parent company have been providing telecom services to Northern New York for more than 100 years. The fast growing SLIC currently has more than 6,500 subscribers and approximately 1,200 fiber miles of infrastructure and is expected to build another 1,200 fiber miles over the next 18 months, connecting many rural towns throughout the Adirondack Park. With approximately 40 employees, SLIC has substantial resources and know-how which it intends to bring to Keene to improve reliability and to broaden services.
Brad Pattelli, SLIC’s CEO said, “We look forward to being a responsible steward of this critical service for all in the Keene community and to continuing the endeavor that Tim started nearly four decades ago.” Kevin Lynch, SLIC’s Chief Operating Officer added, “We expect to provide a full suite of triple play services and to upgrade the network in order to provide greater speeds and address the ever-increasing demands for bandwidth. In addition, we will be working to bring an improved television solution to residents, while combatting the nearly triple digit cost increases being incurred by small systems like KVVI from the large television networks.”
Pattelli further commented, “We have spent countless hours seeking to understand the specifics of KVVI and listening to the views and insights of Mike and Tim Whitney, other members of the Whitney family and several town officials and business leaders. We are delighted to have all of their support and we intend to exceed expectations.”
Until the approval by the Public Service Commission and closing of the transaction, which is expected within 60 days, SLIC will commence a transition and is expected to begin answering customer service inquiries and to provide additional support within the next week or so.
Importantly, John LaFountaine, who has served so many in the community for many years and who has a profound depth of knowledge of the KVVI system and customers, will to continue to serve the community in a similar capacity with the support of the SLIC team.
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