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.
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.
The New NY Broadband Program ranks number one in the nation for broadband activity and investment.
The Smart School Bond Act supports investments in education technology that will equip students with the skills they need to thrive in a 21st century economy.
Federal funds that could have been sent to other states will be returned to Upstate New York to expand broadband and high speed internet service.
What People Are Saying
Allegany County Board of Legislators Chairman
Executive Director of Computers for Children in Buffalo
Co-owner of Swain Resort, Allegany County
Empire State Development President and CEO
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