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Friday, January 25, 2019

Letter: Realtor Excited By Launch Of Fiber-Optic Internet In Area

Cindy Boardman
My name is Cindy Boardman and I’m a Realtor working in the Galeton area. I recently attended a Galeton Development Committee meeting and listened to a presentation by Bill Gerski from Tri-Co Connections on the fiber optic high-speed internet project coming to our corner of rural America. I was so encouraged by this presentation and I share my excitement about how this is going to affect the housing market here.

The Galeton Development Committee created a mission statement and have been dedicated to seeking out and helping to establish economic enterprises. They are trying to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Galeton by increasing the employment opportunities, access increased services and improve community infrastructure and social resources. Tri-Co Connections, a subsidiary of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, is joining them in this effort and will soon launch a variety of services including a high-speed fiber optic network – 1 Gigabit, Voice over Internet Phone, Video Streaming Services and Home Security with smart thermostats. 

This is so wonderful and exciting; and it will impact the housing market in a huge way. According to the Fiber to the Home Council, high-speed Internet is the most important amenity to potential buyers for a future home purchase. A fiber optic home sells more quickly and at a higher price than it would otherwise. Increased home prices mean an increased property tax base, which means more money for civic programs.

Tri-County Rural Electric customers will have the opportunity to receive Gigabit service that provides superfast internet to their households. This connectivity will improve the lives of our corner of rural America in ways that we haven’t even realized yet. Our children will have access to better streaming services for education and entertainment. This will allow them to get better prepared for college and have a better success rate right from the start of their careers.

Our homes and camps can be more secure and inviting, and thus be more valuable. It will make sense to capitalize on this availability by adding remotely controlled systems, connecting security cameras, lighting and heat systems with smart thermostats and even upgrading door and window locks. This will enable our properties to be used more often and in more diverse ways. While visiting your cabins you will have the ability to work, shop and communicate better than ever.

With the knowledge that this fiber network change is coming, as a Realtor, I can potentially advise my current sellers to upgrade their camps. Their property values will increase, the demand for property in this area will increase, and more buyers will want to own camps in this area where high speed internet is available!

Because of our mountainous, tree-covered terrain, our cell service is limited here. We love our beautiful remote environment, so we have learned to deal with it. However, Tri County is going to improve the internet service in a big way by running fiber optic lines on poles that already exist.
Once high-speed internet is available to our rural area, the value of the homes and camps will increase by possibly as much as $5400 per home (depending on the price point of the home.) Local customers who own camps here will have the option to use remote devices to control the heat, lighting, security cameras etc. I think we will see camp owners use their retreats more often, stay longer and thus contribute more to the local economy, and keep the camps in better repair than they have in the past. As a realtor, I am thrilled to know that we can expect the values of all property in general to increase in value soon because of this development. I am also thrilled to know that jobs will be created as this project is carried out! It is going to be a nice boost to the local economy as we move forward with this project!

The benefits of high-speed internet to home owners here will be an even greater impact. The residents will be able to upgrade their connections to work from home more often. Local schools and homeschool families will have increased opportunities for learning, therefore education will be much improved, better preparing our children for college. These benefits of improved connectivity will be reflected when real estate agents compare data in preparation to list properties. No doubt the construction of this network will boost the values of our homes, camps and businesses all around the Potter county area.

Cindy Boardman
Pine Creek Real Estate
20C Bridge St., Galeton, PA 16922
814-435-7780 office, 814-655-6011 cell


Anonymous said...

You're welcome.
Signed, The Taxpayers who are paying for this so the Tri-County customers who can afford it buy this service from Tri-County while the rest of us go without.
PS: Hope you enjpy our $55 million dollar gift.

Simple Sam said...

At least the taxpayers money is going to something in this country and not getting sent overseas to build a wall for a third world armpit. Why do you need to be so negative ?

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if Zito Media would make their fiber optic line in Smethport available at an affordable price to those who want faster service!

Anonymous said...

Now there are two things I hope to live long enough to enjoy: Cable in Brookfield and the opening of the Thruway bridge between Rt. 15 and Rt. 147. Woo hoo!

Anonymous said...

It would be so much better if they would leave the rural areas rural. If you want mind melting internet then move to yuppyville.

Anonymous said...

In order to post like you just did means you have the internet right?

bill gerski said...

Congratulations Cindy on understanding the importance of how High Speed Fiber Internet is integral in improving the quality of life living in Rural Pennsylvania. Education and Telehealth are the 2 biggest recipients of getting Fiber broadband to our areas. Housing prices, tourism and new businesses will grow and prosper due to the investments being made in tomorrow's infrastructure.

Great article!

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