About the New NY Broadband Program
Recognizing the importance of broadband infrastructure and building on prior State investments in broadband deployment, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2015, with legislative support, established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program. The Program provides New York State grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to Unserved and Underserved areas of the State, with priority to Unserved areas, Libraries, and Educational Opportunity Centers. 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 largest and most ambitious state investment in broadband in the nation, with a goal of achieving statewide broadband access in New York by the end of 2018.
Prior to launching the New NY Broadband Program, the NYS Broadband Program Office (BPO) conducted statewide outreach to interested parties and stakeholders, to provide the public with an opportunity to contribute their ideas and recommendations on the Program’s design and structure. The BPO accepted applications for the Program’s first funding round from March 1 – April 15, 2016, and awarded $54.2 million for 25 broadband deployment projects. More information about Phase 1 projects can be found on the Phase 1 Awards page. Phase 2 of the New NY Broadband Program accepted applications from October 17 – November 30, 2016, and awarded $212 million for 54 broadband deployment projects. More information about Phase 2 projects can be found on the Phase 2 Awards page.
On March 30, 2017, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of Phase 3 of the New NY Broadband Program. The Phase 3 Request for Proposal Guidelines and lists of Eligible Census Blocks can be found on the Phase 3 page. The BPO will accept applications for Phase 3 from June 6, 2017 – August 15, 2017.