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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, Governor Cuomo made the largest and most ambitious state broadband investment in the nation, $500 million, to achieve statewide broadband access by 2018. Governor Cuomo has now 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.

Connectivity

Regional Round II Grant Winners

$212 million in New NY Broadband Program Round II grants have been awarded to projects across Upstate New York. Learn more about the projects coming to your area.

Critical to Our Future

Bridging the Digital Divide

What People Are Saying

Empire State Development Executive Vice President of Broadband and Innovation

Jeffrey Nordhaus

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“The auction process we established generated tremendous interest and we are thrilled to be able to announce the rollout of state-of-the-art broadband projects serving tens of thousands of currently unserved customers. As we announce these awards, we are immediately pivoting to continue to ensure that the Governor’s vision of broadband for all is extended to remaining homes and communities that still need service.”

Jeffrey Nordhaus

Executive Director of Computers for Children in Buffalo

Christine Carr

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“The broadband disparity in New York extends well beyond access to high-speed Internet – it is about empowering the next generation to use technology to fulfill its goals.”

Christine Carr

Co-owner of Swain Resort, Allegany County

Celeste Schoonover

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“A boost to our current speeds will help, especially on the weekends when we have so many visitors connected to the service. It will also help to have faster Internet speeds for use in the new homes that are being developed near one of our slope sides.”

Celeste Schoonover

Empire State Development President and CEO

Howard Zemsky

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“Access to high-speed Internet is vital to ensuring that all New Yorkers can reach their full potential in today’s technology-driven world. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the New NY Broadband Program will lay the foundation for a stronger and more competitive New York for years to come.”

Howard Zemsky

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying