Welcome to the New York State Universal Broadband website. This website provides information on the state’s efforts to ensure every New Yorker has access to affordable, high-speed broadband services in urban and rural communities from border to border.
Better broadband means greater opportunities for New Yorkers. By leveraging today’s Internet, citizens have greater opportunities to connect to educational and workforce development training resources; communities can foster more economic development; businesses can access new markets and create more jobs, and our schools, colleges and universities can conduct high-tech research and development and build an innovative and talented high-tech workforce. But, residents cannot fully participate in the digital economy without access to affordable broadband and the ability to use it.
Despite New York’s record of commitment to universal broadband, there are still many areas that are underserved and unserved. We have a diverse State made up urban, suburban and rural areas. As outlined in the Broadband Strategic Plan, we are working to close the digital divide that exist in adoption and availability rates, and to increase economic opportunities in New York State through universal broadband deployment.
High speed Internet connects citizens to a world of information, entertainment, education, and economic opportunities. The faster the connection, the greater the opportunities. The NYS Broadband office is conducting the “New York State Speed Test” to collect actual broadband speeds consumers are experiencing and where they are located. To test your computer’s broadband connection speed, take the NYS Speed Test.
Actual speeds are impacted by many factors including the package you selected through your provider, the amount of internet traffic at the time you are online, and the quality and capacity of your computer equipment.
The New York State Broadband Program Office would like to know about broadband or the lack of broadband service in your area. Your input will help New York State supplement our statewide mapping efforts and also determine the desires of our citizens to have high-speed Internet service in your area.
The Broadband Program Office is in the process of updating this information, and will make an announcement when new information is posted.
Stay informed and receive NYS Broadband Flash Bulletins via email.