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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.

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.

Unprecedented Broadband Speed

The program calls 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 is given to applications that will provide broadband to unserved communities, libraries, and Educational Opportunity Centers.

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.

News

Stay updated and read the latest press releases on Governor Cuomo's 'Broadband For All' initiative.

Statewide Broadband Access

NEW NY BROADBAND PROGRAM

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