KNOX — As she walked about 30 Knox residents through a survey on their internet connectivity experience, CanCode founder and Chief Executive Officer Annmarie Lanesey made a number of remarks about the strong showing, saying that it bodes well for the town as it attempts to bridge the connectivity gap.
“This is an astounding turnout,” Lanesey said, after commenting that it was “probably the biggest turnout” she had seen at such an event.
“We will continue to advocate for continued resourcing for this town because you’re already organized,” she said. “And that’s a huge, huge advantage over many other places … It will be a much easier project to get this community connected than it would be in some other places where there’s not already organization.”
CanCode is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding technology skills that, as a member of the Capital Region Digital Equity Coalition, has been tasked with collecting data on behalf of New York state, which is currently trying to figure out how to direct funding through its ConnectALL program so that communities have access to high-speed internet.
Along with CanCode’s deputy director, Rachel Sheridan, Lanesey was in Knox to gather stories and information about the residents here, who, like those of many other rural communities in the Capital District, have complained about not having quality internet connections.