180 miles of optical fiber are being installed in the Finger Lakes region in order to create all around more efficient internet access.
This is good news for Lotfi Belkhir who owns Kirtas Technologies in Victor. The company makes its money by scanning books and putting them on the internet. "You can put in a book and the machine will turn the pages automatically and it scans 2400 pages an hour," said Belkhir.
Kirtas Technologies biggest customer is Computer giant Microsoft. The company also has deals with Cornell and Yale universities. So Lotfi needs high speed connection and he needs it fast.
"We need to move 25,000 books a month to different servers around the country and for that the only way to do it is very high speed internet. The more we can get the better it is because we're also a growing company," said Belkhir.
Those involved in the project hope this new and improved internet access will allow Ontario County companies to compete globally. "It will allow every one in the county to be competitive on an economic development basis as it relates to telecommunications," said Ed Hemminger, Finger Lakes Regional Telecommunications Development Corporation
People using the Internet in rural parts of the county will have more options when it comes to choosing an internet service provider - and they may see a drop in price too. The entire project costs 7.5 million dollars and is expected to be completed by December of 2009.