Utilities

Electricity:

Reliable, Safe Power

National Grid delivers electricity to most of Drum Country. Industrial and commercial customers purchase electricity commodity through your choice of suppliers.

New York Power Authority (NYPA), the largest state public power utility in the United States, is a not-for-profit, public benefit authority that produces some of North America’s least expensive electricity. It also operates a transmission system to public and private customers.

The Massena Electric Department is a not-for-profit electric utility owned by the Town of Massena. Their service reliability is nationally rated among the highest by leading indicators. Electricity rates for businesses and residents are in the lowest 10% nationally.

Telecommunications:

Connectivity with Reliability

Open Access Telecom Network (OATN), completed in 2003, is a carrier-class telecommunications network serving Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties, connecting the Drum Country region to carrier co-location facilities in Syracuse. As part of the Broadband Stimulus Program, the OATN, will consist of over 1,000 miles of fiber network, with complete redundancy, and 19 central offices that contain the electrical and optical equipment that power the network. The network will also be extended to Franklin, Clinton, and Essex Counties.

  • Carrier Class network reliability
  • TDM based DS1, DS3, and OC-X
  • 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, and Gigabit Ethernet connection speeds as well as virtual local area networks
  • 24×7 network monitoring and support
  • Redundant connectivity
  • Point-to-point or ring configurations
  • Fast provisioning

OATN is managed by the Development Authority of North Country. (DANC) Major carriers such as Verizon and TimeWarner Cable also have fiber optic networks throughout Drum Country. Several wireless broadband providers offer services to more remote areas of the region.

Business Incentives:

Helping Food Processors to Profit

Whether you are a start-up or expanding business, Drum Country Business can help you access the following types of incentives:

  • Workforce training programs
  • Real property tax and investment incentives
  • Energy and power discount programs
  • Grants and low interest loan programs