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    EXPLAINER: What the $65B Broadband Service Plan Will Do

    The Senate’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan includes a $65 billion investment in broadband that the White House says will “deliver reliable, affordable, high-speed internet to every household.”

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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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    Find Affordable Internet Options in New York State

    Search for internet service providers offering affordable internet in your county

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  • 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.  

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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 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.

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