Background 
Axcess Ontario is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established by Ontario County Local Law as a Local Development Corporation with headquarters at 70 Ontario Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. The corporation was established on October 25, 2005, to build, maintain and lease fiber-optic cable. The corporation is managed by a board of directors (12 individuals) and has no employees. All work is accomplished with contracts, including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Legal Counsel, Construction, and Design and Engineering. The corporation is certified by the New York State Public Service Commission as a “Common Carrier” (i.e., phone company) and is New York State Sales and Use Tax-exempt. The corporation has completed an independent audit of all financial transactions each year since 2007.

 

Who we are

As a nonprofit, required entity serving as a telecommunications infrastructure provider, Axcess Ontario is the go-to for telecom carriers who want access to dark fiber technology to provide service.

 
What we do

Axcess Ontario builds the fiber infrastructure to supply/lease telecom technology (with mid-mile FTTX capacity) which enables carriers to provide service to their customers. This increases broadband connectivity to bring more flexibility and competition to market, making services more affordable. Our purpose is to accelerate the spread of technology and development to improve service in all areas.

 
Who we serve

Axcess Ontario directly serves telecom carriers and business-to-business users who provide service using our fiber infrastructure. Our technology indirectly benefits the end users—local businesses/organizations, SOHO entrepreneurs and residents.

Objectives

  • To support and enhance technology-led economic development
  • To provide infrastructure to address fragmented regional telecommunications
  • To provide connectivity between municipalities
  • To offer a non-competitive, open-access model for all users with the main purpose of public service rather than profit
  • To increase speed, reliability, redundancy and competition to reduce costs of services for customers (business and residential)
  • To promote a globally competitive community

Awards

Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government has recognized the 200-plus-mile Ontario County fiber-optic ring as a “Bright Idea” — a promising, innovative solution that can assist other communities as they face their own challenges.