Broadband providers and organizations applied for State grant funding on a competitive basis to deploy broadband infrastructure to Unserved and Underserved Census Blocks (CB) throughout the State. The Program allocated State grant funding through an innovative “reverse auction” method, which selected those projects providing broadband access at the lowest State Investment per location passed. Funding is distributed to awarded providers on a reimbursement basis. Nearly 90 percent of all State grant funding has been dedicated to projects that will address Unserved areas of the State, connecting these areas for the first time.
With the announcement of Phase III awards in 2018, grant monies levied by the New York State Broadband Program Office have been exhausted.