Broadband Strategy

Throughout the world, people are becoming increasingly aware of the need for increased broadband speeds. Saratoga Springs is no exception. As the city strives to compete for business, residents, and tourists, having competitive broadband speeds will become crucial.

Goals for Faster Commercial Internet

  • Provide low-latency, high-speed internet access for office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, sporting venues, and other commercial premises at competitive pricing
  • Bridge the gap between commercial and residential broadband to allow business professionals to work anywhere
  • Be one of the Top Five cities in Upstate New York to offer broadband speed universally accessible to businesses
  • Determine solutions to increase broadband adoption rates by educating the citizens of Saratoga Springs and working toward low-cost broadband options

Goals for Faster Residential Internet

  • Increase residential broadband download speed to 100 Mbps by end of 2018 and to 300 Mbps by end of 2019
  • Increase broadband availability for homes in the surrounding areas that are currently unserved/underserved (specifically within the Saratoga Springs School District)
  • Determine solutions to increase broadband adoption rates by educating the citizens of Saratoga Springs and working toward low-cost broadband options

Public WiFi

"Three to five years ago, students had maybe two devices that were generally hardwired. Today, new statistics suggest that students carry an average of four mobile devices with them, and they want to be able to leave campus and stay  connected.” – Bill Duffy, CTO, Skidmore College, Smart City Commissioner
  • Provide continuous coverage on Broadway
  • Provide a secure wireless network for City applications
  • Provide an easy-to-access open network for internet access
  • Allow Saratoga residents and visitors to share and access data without relying on unreliable disparate networks for access

Possible Solutions from RPI

Congress Park Public Wi-Fi. 

Team from RPI suggests to use the Casino in Congress Park as the location for the Wide Area Network (WAN) router, advantages include:

  • Minimize the number of hops (intermediary steps) between the user and the WAN router
  • Ensure a direct link to Wi-Fi Access Points (WAPs) via directional antennas and reduce installation costs and allow for greater flexibility as 5G technology.

Other suggestions on power generation to WAPs 

  • Use a combination of solar and wind to power WAPs since Congress Park attracts visitors both in the day and night.