BROADBAND INTERNET FOR ALL
In 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo created the New NY Broadband Program with a $500 million investment. The goal of the program was to ensure that 100% of households in New York State had access to high-speed broadband internet by 2018. For the purposes of the Program, high speed was defined at a minimum of100 megabits per second or 25 megabits per second in the most remote parts of the state.
The Program has been largely successful. According to the New NY Broadband Program Office:
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.
Since 2015, AdkAction has sponsored a monthly call bringing together Adirondack communities, potential broadband providers, and potential funders. This call, which has attracted participation from key executives of the Rural Utilities Services Agency of the USDA (responsible for rural broadband expansion in the US), and the NYS Broadband Program Office (developers of the requirements for state grant applications), has helped open communications so that all interested parties understand the need for and benefits of broadband access in the North Country, the possibilities and challenges of available technologies, and the potential funding opportunities. AdkAction has helped ensure that North Country communities have submitted robust applications for all three rounds of funding from the New NY Broadband Program Office. To view a complete distribution list of call participants click here.
To see a presentation on status of the New NY Broadband Program, click here.
On January 22, AdkAction Broadband Project Chairman, Dave Wolff, presented the following charts on the Telehealth Network webinar:
View the webinar below: