ULSTER — More than a year ago, Jeff DeMond started to imagine what it might look like to strategically partner with, or buy, legacy telephone companies in the region and build a robust fiber telephone and internet network spanning the mid-Hudson Valley.
To make this a reality, DeMond has drawn on long-held relationships his business, Archtop Fiber, had with family-owned telephone companies that had been in the Hudson Valley for decades or longer, DeMond said. In his view, the region is entering a much-needed modernization. COVID has driven people out of city centers and into Hudson Valley, and a new remote-work era appears here to stay in many industries. For those reasons, DeMond said, he asked companies if they would be on board with a partnership that would bring their businesses up to speed and address a need for fast, high-capacity internet access.