The NYS Broadband Program Office
In today’s economy, high-speed broadband access is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. Access to broadband continues to redefine how we provide education and healthcare, manage energy, ensure public safety, and how we store, access, and share information. The NYS Broadband Program Office (“BPO”) serves as the State’s single point of contact for broadband development and deployment efforts. Its mission is to increase economic and social opportunities through universal broadband deployment.
In 2015 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program (“the Program”) the nation’s largest and most ambitious state investment in broadband expansion. The Program provides State grant funding through an innovative “reverse auction” method to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to Unserved and Underserved areas of New York State at speeds of 100 Megabits-per-second (Mbps) in most areas, and 25 Mbps in the most remote areas. Nearly 90 percent of all funding has been awarded to projects that will address Unserved areas of the state, connecting these locations for the first time.
When the New NY Broadband Program was launched, 30 percent of New Yorkers – approximately 2.42 million locations – lacked access to broadband. This lack of broadband coverage was most acute in the 8 upstate REDC Regions. As a result of the Program’s Round I awards and additional State-secured upgrades, broadband access was expanded by more than 2.2 million locations, to 97 percent of New Yorkers. Round II awards then extended coverage to more than 80,000 locations, to 98 percent of New Yorkers. Round III awards accomplish the Program’s mission of statewide broadband availability – addressing the balance of New Yorkers without access.
By identifying broadband needs and developing effective solutions, the BPO is closing the digital divide in New York State, ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to high-speed Internet and making Governor Cuomo’s goal of “broadband for all” a reality.
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