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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