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Attention : Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Subscribers

 MTC has been informed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the ACP funding is slated to expire across the country as of April 2024. At this time, the program is in what they call a Wind Down phase as Congress has not allocated additional funding into the budget to keep the program running. There are members across many entities fighting for this program to continue, but the final outcome is yet to be determined. Should this federal program officially expire, the broadband subsidy/discount you receive through the ACP will cease and be removed from your monthly MTC bill. Should you have any questions, more details can be found at
https://www.fcc.gov/affordable-connectivity-program-consumer-faq. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Introducing the companion you didn't know you needed – MTC Connect Wi-Fi!

 

Included when you subscribe to MTC's Managed Wi-Fi Solutions is the all-new Wi-Fi "remote control." Our new app empowers you to create and enforce online rules for other users on your network and their devices on your home networks, all while a network-level security app quietly runs in the background, keeping malicious websites, viruses, and intrusions away from you and your family's devices 24/7. The app includes options to set up enhanced parental controls, create guest networks, change network passwords, and much more. Now, offering an added layer of network-level security, you can protect your entire home network and provide your devices with an extra level of protection for connected devices. MTC is dedicated to providing superior service and for that reason, our routers and mesh units are all equipped with the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology. Enjoy increased capacity, better coverage, and the best experience. Subscribe to Managed Wi-Fi Solutions today and take all things Wi-Fi into your own hands.

MTC Announces New Broadband Expansion Projects

 

The Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) has announced plans to extend broadband services to additional unserved and underserved addresses in the Central Catskill’s region. MTC has identified 220 unserved and 160 underserved addresses located adjacent to existing MTC service areas which remain without access to adequate broadband services.

These addresses were identified using MTC engineering data along with feedback from the Federal and State broadband surveys / mapping initiatives. MTC anticipates extending over 30-miles of new Fiber-to-the-Home facilities to reach these unserved locations in construction phases over the next two years. See More HERE!

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Margaretville Telephone Company Completes Transition to Employee Ownership

 

The Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) has completed its transition to 100% employee-ownership making it the first regulated utility in the State to achieve this status. The closing of the transaction on June 7th follows five generations of Birdsall / Roadman family ownership dating back to the founding of the company in 1916. The Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) has been the primary retirement vehicle for MTC employees since its inception in 1985. In 2018, the company completed a secondary phase of the ownership transition with the ESOP gaining a majority ownership share of the company at that time. The closing on June 7th culminates a long-term, multi-year plan to complete the transition to 100% employee ownership. Final regulatory approval was granted by the NYS Department of Public Service in April.

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MTC Is Commited To Community 

# StrongerTogether

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CatskillsAir Program Highlights (2/16 – 2/22)

Friday Night (2/16)

6:30PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
6:30PM – Mostly Folk with Artie Martello – Artie talks with Josie Bello, an americana, bluegrass, blues, country, folk, indie, rock, rockabilly, songwriter artist from Huntington, NY.
6:30PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
6:30PM – WARK Community Television Archives – The Dictionary Game (Episode 3) Michael Finberg hosts two teams of four as they try to stump each other with “trick definitions”. One of the four definitions is correct Tune in for the fun!
6:30PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
6:30PM – Focus on the Arts – Elizabeth Mami talks Chelsea Goodwin, Community activist, performer and DJ of In Goth We Trust on WIOX radio, Roxbury.

 

Saturday Night (2/17)

6:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
6:30PM – The Hiker Trash Husbands – Jeff and Moe return to the trail together. It’s been 5 months since Moe broke his knee in an accident while volunteering on the Appalachian Trail. Join them as they take a training hike, attempting to summit Ashokan High Peak.
7:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
7:30PM – Belleayre Mountain Ski Center – CatskillsAir’s Jezz Harkin talks with Steve Maggio from Belleayre about the happenings on the mountain now that the ski season is here.
8:00PM – Greetings from the Borscht Belt – Join Marisa Scheinfeld, author of The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland for an illustrated lecture with photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. A presentation from the Society of Commercial Archeology.

 

Sunday (2/18)

6:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
6:30PM – Mostly Folk with Artie Martello – Artie talks with Colm Gavin, is a singer songwriter from Dublin Ireland. A number of popular Irish Country Artists have recorded versions of Colm’s songs. Irish Country sensation Claudia Buckley had a chart topping hit with Colm’s song Honey Bee, it ultimately became her first song to break the top 10 charts in the UK.
7:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
7:30PM – The Sonny Rock Show – Sonny talks with Adam Ippolito. Adam talks about his time as a keyboard player for John Lennon’s band, Elephant’s Memory.
8:00PM – Focus on the Arts – Elizabeth Mami interviews Bill Lynch a documentary film maker and Gary Mayer, an artist who was the subject of Bill’s recent documentary called “Being an Artist’. The interview proceeds the documentary which will be shown immediately afterward.
8:30PM – Being an Artist – a documentary film by Bill Lynch which focuses on artist Gary Mayer, who is originally is from Detroit, MI but has ended up here in the Catskills. Watch and learn more about Gary’s Journey.

 

Monday (2/19)

6:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
6:30PM – WARK Community Television Archives – The Dictionary Game (Episode 4) Michael Finberg hosts two teams of four as they try to stump each other with “trick definitions”. One of the four definitions is correct Tune in for the fun!
7:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
7:30PM – Mostly Folk with Artie Martello – Artie talks with Josie Bello, an americana, bluegrass, blues, country, folk, indie, rock, rockabilly, songwriter artist from Huntington, NY.
8:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
8:30PM – Focus on the Arts – Elizabeth Mami catches up with Screenwriter, Producer, and Director, Robert Rosebaum, discussing his horror movie, Pysch Ward. Due to the Strikes last year between writers and actors, the film production was delayed but is now up and getting ready to move forward this spring.

 

Tuesday Night (2/20)

6:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
6:30PM – “Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat” A documentary that aims to expand the visibility of volunteer firefighting and increase recruitment across the country. Follow the inspiring journey of the most remarkable neighbors whose help you hope you never need – volunteer firefighters – as they encounter heart-breaking challenges and exhilarating triumphs to fulfill a single mission: serving their community. Heart-warming, humorous, and thrilling, this sweeping portrait of bravery will capture your heart and inspire.
8:00PM – Local Volunteer Firefighter Discussion. Mary Crisafulli talks with Nelson Delameter (Margaretville Fire Chief), Jessica Olenych (Member at Arkville FD & local shop owner) and Steve Hood (DelCo Emergency Services Director & Fire Coordinator) about the challenges that face local volunteer fire departments.

 

Wednesday Night (2/21)

6:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
6:30PM – The Hiker Trash Husbands – Jeff and Moe return to the trail together. It’s been 5 months since Moe broke his knee in an accident while volunteering on the Appalachian Trail. Join them as they take a training hike, attempting to summit Ashokan High Peak.
7:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
7:30PM – Belleayre Mountain Ski Center – CatskillsAir’s Jezz Harkin talks with Steve Maggio from Belleayre about the happenings on the mountain now that the ski season is here.
8:00PM – Greetings from the Borscht Belt – Join Marisa Scheinfeld, author of The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland for an illustrated lecture with photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. A presentation from the Society of Commercial Archeology.

 

Thursday Night (2/22)

6:00PM – The CatskillsAir News team brings you the latest news & Lori Fairbairn brings you the weather forecast.
6:30PM – “Odd Hours, No Pay, Cool Hat” A documentary that aims to expand the visibility of volunteer firefighting and increase recruitment across the country. Follow the inspiring journey of the most remarkable neighbors whose help you hope you never need – volunteer firefighters – as they encounter heart-breaking challenges and exhilarating triumphs to fulfill a single mission: serving their community. Heart-warming, humorous, and thrilling, this sweeping portrait of bravery will capture your heart and inspire.
8:00PM – Local Volunteer Firefighter Discussion. Mary Crisafulli talks with Nelson Delameter (Margaretville Fire Chief), Jessica Olenych (Member at Arkville FD & local shop owner) and Steve Hood (DelCo Emergency Services Director & Fire Coordinator) about the challenges that face local volunteer fire departments.

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