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Broadband for All
Ensuring High-Speed Internet Access for Every New Yorker
In today’s world, internet connectivity is no longer a luxury—it is a necessity. Broadband is as vital a resource as running water and electricity to New York’s communities and is absolutely critical to the future of our economy, education, and safety.
In 2015, then Governor Cuomo made the largest and most ambitious state broadband investment in the nation, $500 million, to achieve statewide broadband access by 2018. New York State has secured high-speed Internet upgrades for approximately 2.42 million locations statewide, which means 99.9 percent of New Yorkers will have access to broadband.
The New NY Broadband Program
Creating a Broadband Infrastructure Network
Matching Private Sector Investments
The $500 million program, funded through capital resources from bank settlements, incentivized the private sector to expand high-speed broadband access in underserved and unserved areas.
Unprecedented Broadband Speed
The program called for applications for funding to provide access to broadband at speeds of at least 100 megabits per second (Mbps) (download) in most places, and 25 Mbps (download) in the most remote, unserved parts of the State. Priority was given to applications that will provide broadband to unserved communities, libraries, and Educational Opportunity Centers.
Closing the Final Gap
Round III of the New NY Broadband Program has provided the last mile funding needed to bring high-speed internet access to New Yorkers in every corner of the state for the first time in history.
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