FCC Funding

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.  

Broadband Data Collection Consumer Information Survey

You may be interested in completing a consumer survey for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that will improve the national Fixed Broadband Deployment Map. The FCC survey enables consumers to report actual on-the-ground broadband availability and experience, which may help direct future broadband investment. All New Yorkers are encouraged to participate in the survey. For more information and to participate, please visit the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection Consumer Information survey website.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

You may also be eligible to receive up to $50 off your monthly broadband bill through the Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Please visit the Emergency Broadband Benefit website for more information, criteria to qualify, and updates.  A full list of New York internet service providers currently offering discounted service is available here.  Check back regularly for updates as additional providers join the program to offer discounted broadband.

What is the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)?  Will I receive broadband service through RDOF?

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program designed to close the digital divide in the United States by providing grant investment to eligible internet service providers for the construction of rural broadband networks.  To learn if your location was  awarded RDOF funding, you may query your address here: RDOF Phase 1 Results Map. More information on RDOF, including required timelines to extend service, is available on the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund website.

$170 Million Secured to Help Expand Broadband in Upstate NY

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as part of its Connect America Fund (CAF), offered funding to providers to service certain areas in NYS. $170 million of that funding that would have been allocated to NYS was declined. In a Bipartisan effort, Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and the NYS Congressional delegation wrote to the FCC urging them to keep the unclaimed funding in NYS to help expand broadband.  The BPO launched a solicitation of interest to potentially address these territories in October 2016 and the State continued an ongoing lobbying effort to secure the funding.

On January 26, 2017 Governor Cuomo announced that the FCC voted to allocate the $170 million to New York, keeping the funds in the State. The Federal funding will be used in conjunction with existing State resources to fund certain areas of Round 3 of the New NY Broadband Program, which will bring high-speed internet services to New York’s most unserved rural areas. 

Click here to read the Governor's press release.

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