The New NY Broadband Program

Recognizing the importance of broadband infrastructure and building on prior State investments in broadband deployment, New York State established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program in 2015. The Program provided New York State grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to Unserved and Underserved areas of the State.

An “Unserved” area is defined as an area where the fastest available advertised Internet download speed offered by a wireline-based provider is less than 25 Mbps.  An “Underserved” area is defined as an area where broadband service is only available from a wireline-based provider at advertised Internet download speeds between 25 Mbps and 99 Mbps. The Program is the nation’s largest and most ambitious state investment in broadband, with a goal of achieving statewide broadband access in New York.

Implemented in phases, and leveraging private investment, the Program allocated grant funding to qualified service providers through an innovative 'reverse auction' method. For more information on the Program's most recent awards, Phase 3, see the Phase 3 Awards page. For more information on the structure of the New NY Broadband Program, please see the Phase 3 RFP Guidelines.