One of the obstacles in Upstate New York is funding. The economy in not booming in rural upstate. Many of the rural communities are impoverish, as already highlighted in defining the problem. Finding money to support rural growth of information and communication technologies can be difficult.
The Foundation for Rural Education and Development(FRED) http://www.fred.org was created to help find ways to bolster economic growth in rural areas of the United States and Canada. To do this they have several programs, including technology and community growth grants. FRED is both a possible source of funding and another model of how to bring together institutions and communities in need.
http://www.viodi.tv/2009/08/06/fred-celebrates-20-years/ – This is a video of the 20th anniversary of FRED with some examples of what they’ve done over the 20 years.