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New NY Broadband Program

Broadband for All

Let’s Ensure 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.

Millions of New Yorkers are either limited to target broadband speeds or have no access to broadband at all, creating a gap in the ability of some communities to participate in the global economy. To include all residents in the ongoing digital revolution, we’re making the largest and boldest state investment in universal broadband deployment in the nation: a $500 million which will ultimately close the broadband gap.

By 2018, every New Yorker will have access to high-speed internet making "Broadband for All" a reality.

New NY Broadband Program Progress

New York is investing $500M into a new Broadband Program that provides funding for high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved areas across the state. Thus far, the New NY Broadband Program has made significant progress toward achieving its nation-leading goal of broadband for all. By the end of 2018, 97% of New Yorkers will have the broadband access required to succeed in a 21st century economy.

Statewide Broadband Access

Watch video as Lieutenant Governor Hochul and administration officials detail Governor Cuomo’s New NY Broadband Program.

The Plan: The New NY Broadband Program

Matching Private Sector Investments

The $500 million program, funded through capital resources from bank settlements, will incentivize the private sector to expand high-speed broadband access in underserved and unserved areas. Broadband providers will contribute, on average, at least 50% of the capital needed.

Unprecedented Broadband Speed

Broadband providers must make internet speeds of at least 100 Mbps available, with funding priority given to those delivering the highest speeds at the lowest cost. In limited cases, providers may offer 25 Mbps speeds to the most remote unserved and underserved areas of the state.

Local Input to Guide Development

Each Regional Economic Development Council will identify unserved and underserved areas; aggregate demand across all sectors; detail the most cost-effective means to provide universal access; and leverage state-owned assets where possible.

Connectivity

Sweeping Progress Toward Broadband for All

Governor Cuomo announces the New NY Broadband Program has taken major steps towards achieving its nation-leading goal of broadband for all & ensuring high-speed internet is available to all NY'

What People Are Saying

Allegany County Board of Legislators Chairman

Curtis Crandall

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“This new program takes broadband access to the next level, so it’s important that Allegany County utilizes funding from this program in whatever way we can to expand on work that has been done or work that is underway for broadband service in the county.”

Curtis Crandall

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