Gov. Cuomo Announces Funds Awarded for Round II of New NY Broadband Program

ALBANY, NY —

Western New York - $44 Million
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $44 million in New NY Broadband Program Round II grants have been awarded to seven projects in Western New York. These awards will provide 15,913 homes and businesses with access to high-speed broadband for the first time, and leverage $11.2 million in private matching funds – bringing the total public-private investment in Western New York to $55.2 million in Round II. Through Rounds I and II, the program has driven a total of more than $60.5 million in public-private investment in high-speed broadband across the region. Since the program’s launch, Governor Cuomo has secured upgrades statewide for more than 2.3 million homes, businesses and institutions.

"Broadband is today what electricity was nearly a century ago – essential to creating economic opportunity, driving innovation and an absolute necessity for our way of life," Governor Cuomo said. "These awards will provide homes and businesses with access to the high-speed internet required to participate and succeed in the modern economy, and are a major step toward broadband for all in New York."

54 Projects that Will Reach 89,514 Homes and Institutions
In total, Round II will drive $268 million in public-private investment and will support a total of 54 projects that will reach 89,514 homes and institutions in unserved and underserved communities. Together with upstate high-speed broadband buildouts and upgrades being carried out by Charter under mandates from the New York State Public Service Commission, Round II awards will ensure that 98 percent of New Yorkers will have access to the high-speed broadband required to succeed in a modern economy.

The awarded projects include two Western New York libraries and 989 businesses and community anchor institutions (government buildings, healthcare facilities, institutions of higher education, K-12 schools) and public safety locations. The seven awarded projects – addressing both unserved and underserved territories – span four counties in Western New York. In total, nearly 2,057 miles of broadband infrastructure will be deployed in the region, delivering new economic opportunities for residents and companies across New York.

Top Towns Benefitting From Broadband Buildout as Part of Round II – Western New York


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Round II Awards in Western New York
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The Broadband Program Office is currently finalizing a Request for Proposals for the Program’s upcoming Round III, which will launch within 30 days. This round will seek to complete the Program’s goal of bringing high-speed internet access to New York’s remaining unserved and underserved communities. Round III will be complemented by $170 million in Connect America Funds, which was recently allocated to New York State by the Federal Communications Commission.


Southern Tier - $38.8 Million
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $38.8 million in New NY Broadband Program Round II grants have been awarded to 17 projects in the Southern Tier. These awards will provide 12,835 homes and businesses with access to high-speed broadband for the first time, and leverage $11.7 million in private matching funds – bringing the total public-private investment in the Southern Tier to $50.5 million in Round II. Through Rounds I and II, the program has driven a total of more than $84.6 million in public-private investment in high-speed broadband across the region. Since the program’s launch, Governor Cuomo has secured upgrades statewide for more than 2.3 million homes, businesses and institutions.


About the New NY Broadband Program
Recognizing the importance of broadband infrastructure and building on prior State investments in broadband deployment, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2015, with legislative support, established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program. The program provides New York State grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to unserved and underserved areas of the state, with priority to Unserved areas, Libraries, and Educational Opportunity Centers.

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