The "Connect NY" Broadband Program provided grants through the Regional Councils and Empire State Development to expand promote and expand high-speed Internet access in rural upstate and underserved urban areas of the State. With too many New Yorkers unable to access broadband at minimum state defined speeds of 6 Mbps download and 1.5 Mbps upload, expanding high-speed Internet was identified by Governor Cuomo as a priority to stimulate local business growth, grow jobs, and enhance education, public safety and healthcare.
Since 2011, Governor Cuomo has awarded more than $70 million through the Connect NY Broadband Program to expand broadband infrastructure in rural and underserved urban areas of New York. This investment is the largest state-level broadband funding commitment in the nation and the first step in strengthening our state’s broadband capacity. The Connect NY Broadband Program has enabled an additional 160,000 New York households, 8,000 businesses and 400 community anchor institutions to harness the power of broadband.
Click here to see a list of Connect NY Broadband grant recipients.