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Gov. Cuomo announces $9M in broadband grants to expand services upstate


ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday that Empire State Development approved millions in grants to expand broadband services in upstate New York.

More than $9 million in New York State Broadband Grants will support five projects that will expand access to broadband services for approximately 33,000 households, 4,500 businesses and 55 community anchor institutions across upstate, including in the Capital Region

"Under our Connect NY Broadband Grant program and the Regional Economic Development Councils, we are supporting projects that will connect New Yorkers and businesses to much-needed internet access," Governor Cuomo said. "Expanding our telecommunications infrastructure is one way we can grow local economies and improve the quality of life for New Yorkers. The projects approved will allow providers to invest in communities and connect local businesses with new markets, marking significant progress in our efforts to bring broadband access to underserved New Yorkers in Upstate New York."

This is the second round of grants to be approved from the $25 million Connect NY Broadband Grant program and the Regional Economic Development Council Awards.

As part of the $9 million award, the Development Authority of the North Country will receive $2,722,000, of which $2.2 million will be used to create a North Country Public Safety Network that will expand vital public safety services to 21 public emergency locations, and 20 municipal buildings that support public emergency operations. The remaining $500,000 will be matched by a $500,000 investment from DANC and used to create a revolving loan fund that will support last-mile build out of telecommunications facilities in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties

The following projects are receiving New York State Broadband Grants:

-Essex County Broadband Service Expansion (Essex County) – $557,000
-Otsego County Wireless Network (Otsego County) – $558,940
-Time Warner Cable Broadband (Various Counties) – $5,258,231
-North Country Telecommunications Loan Fund (Various Counties) – $500,000
-North Country Public Emergency Network (Various Counties) – $2,222,000

Most of the grant funding will be for the "last-mile" of broadband service, which means the projects will provide high speed internet connections directly to New Yorkers. The last-mile is the most expensive portion of a broadband network, and often prevents many rural residents from receiving broadband service, even when service is available to nearby homes.

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