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    Governor Cuomo Signs Low-Income Broadband Legislation

    First-in-the-nation legislation requires large internet service providers to offer a $15 affordable broadband plan to qualifying New Yorkers.

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    FCC announces Emergency Broadband Benefit to begin May 12, 2021

    The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households.

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    Governor Cuomo Unveils State of the State Proposal: Advancing the Strongest Net Neutrality Protections in the United States

  • Governor Cuomo Launches Plan for Statewide Cellular Coverage

    Governor Cuomo Launches Plan for Statewide Cellular Coverage

  • Governor Cuomo Announces New Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force

    Governor Cuomo Announces New Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force

  • High-speed internet connections arrive in Port Byron and Savannah, New York

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    Find Affordable Internet Options in New York State

    Search for internet service providers offering affordable internet in your county

  • ESD Announces FCC Authorization of Over $55.4 Million in Federal Funding for Rural Broadband

  • TDS Telecom brings high-speed Internet to more than 7,000 new addresses in Broome, Chenango and Delaware Counties

  • TDS Telecom completes Phase 3 high-speed Internet project in St. Lawrence County

  • The Margaretville Telephone Company Completes Six Broadband Expansion Projects in the Central Catskill Mountain Region

  • Altice USA Provides Residents of Long Island's Barrier Islands With High-Speed Internet Service

  • Hancock Telephone Company Completes Project in Delaware County

  • HughesNet Rolls Out New Broadband Service Plans for New Yorkers

  • In New York, Bringing Broadband to Everyone

Beginning May 12, 2021, Eligible Households Can Sign Up for Emergency Broadband Benefit

You may be eligible to receive up to $50 off your monthly broadband bill through the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB). Please visit https://getemergencybroadband.org/ to find out if your household qualifies, and to sign up.  Visit the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the program.  A full list of participating New York internet service providers is available here.  

Governor Cuomo Signs $15 Affordable Broadband Bill

On April 16, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Affordable Broadband Act. This first-in-the-nation legislation requires large internet service providers (ISPs) to offer a $15 affordable broadband plan to qualifying New Yorkers starting June 16, 2021.  Read the press release here.

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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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