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 New York State established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program. Through an innovative “reverse auction” method, the Program has expanded 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 addressed 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, mostly in 8 upstate REDC Regions. Through 3 phases of awards, the New NY Broadband Program has closed the gap allowing for more than 98 percent of New Yorkers to have access to wireline broadband internet.
The Broadband Program Office continues its mission of closing the digital divide in New York State, ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to high-speed Internet and making broadband for all a reality.