PRATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WENY) - Empire Access announced that they will soon increase internet availability in the southern tier.

The company said residents and business owners in Horseheads and Southport will receive access to high speed Internet this summer. The company also said customers will have access to other services such as home and business phone plans, home security, and video-conferencing.

"Each phase of our expansion is critical to our overall strategy to bring high-quality fiber Internet to New York's rural southern communities," said Jim Baase, CEO at Empire Access. "Empire Access goes above and beyond what is expected of us to support the communities we serve. Our local support teams ensure that we maintain our deep local roots. Our customers won't ever see a price hike for our Internet services or promotion-ending costs. This means our customers can expect only the best Internet we offer for the length of service, and 24/7/365 customer service. Lastly, I want to welcome Horseheads and Southport to our growing family!"

The announcement comes after the company's recent expansion into Broome County.