What Is The New NY Broadband Program?

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The New NY Broadband Program is a program funded by the New York government to close the digital divide in New York State. This program is allocating funding to qualified internet providers like HughesNet and GotW3 capable of delivering high speed internet access to currently underserved and unserved areas in New York State. It calls for approved internet providers to bring speeds of 100 Mbps to most areas statewide with speeds up to 25 Mbps in the most remote areas.

Bridging The Digital Divide In New York State

In 2015 New York Governor Cuomo took a hard stance at improving internet availability in underserved and unserved areas of New York State. He found that approximately 30% of New York residents lacked access to broadband internet. That means those residents couldn’t surf the internet, work from home, do schoolwork like so many other people do across the state in urban areas with ease. Expanding service areas for internet providers is often cost prohibitive in areas of low population. With little to no way of making expansion profitable, internet providers simply leave those areas underserved. With the New NY Broadband Program, the funding available makes expanding to these areas a viable option. To become an approved internet provider, each company had to submit a proposal that was reviewed by the Broadband Program Office.

New NY Broadband Program Phase 1

Phase 1 of the New NY Broadband Program was completed in 2016. It accepted applications for the New NY Broadband Program and its award recipients have already been announced. During this phase of the program broadband internet access was expanded to 97% of New Yorkers. Here is the full list of phase 1 awardees:

Internet Provider Phase 1 AwardeesAreas That They Will Be Served
Armstrong TelecommunicationsFinger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western NY
Citizens Of HammondNorth Country
Empire AccessSouthern Tier
Frontier CommunicationsCapital Region, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier
Gtel TeleconnectionsCapital Region
Haefele TV Inc.Southern Tier
Hancock Telephone CompanySouthern Tier
Mid-Hudson Data Corp.Capital Region
Middleburg Telephone CompanyCapital Region, Mohawk Valley
MTC CableMid-Hudson, Southern Tier
State Telephone Company, Inc.Capital Region
TDS TelecomCentral NY, Finger Lakes, North Country, Southern Tier

New NY Broadband Program Phase 2

Phase 2 of the New NY Broadband Program was completed in 2017. It accepted applications for the New NY Broadband Program and its award recipients have already been announced. During this phase of the program broadband internet access was expanded to 98% of New Yorkers. Here is the full list of phase 2 awardees:

Internet Provider Phase 2 AwardeesAreas That They Will Be Served
AlticeLong Island
Armstrong TelecommunicationsFinger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western NY
Cable Communications of WIllsboroNorth Country
Castle Cable TV Television, Inc.North Country
Champlain Telephone CompanyNorth Country
Chazy and Westport Telephone CorporationNorth Country
Citizens of HammondNorth Country
Delhi Telephone CompanySouthern Tier
DFT Local Service CorporationWestern NY
DTC Cable Inc.Southern Tier
Empire Telephone CorporationFinger Lakes, Southern Tier
Fairpoint CommunicationsCapital Region, Mid-Hudson, Western NY
Frontier CommunicationsCapital Region, Central NY, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier, Western NY
Gtel TeleconnectionsCapital Region, Mid-Hudson
Haefele TV Inc.Central NY, Southern Tier
Mid-Hudson Data Corp.Capital Region
Middleburgh Telephone CompanyMohawk Valley
MTC CableCapital Region, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier
New Visions CommunicationsCentral NY
Newport Telephone CompanyMohawk Valley, North Country
Oneida County Rural TelephoneMohawk Valley
Otsego Electric CooperativeCentral NY, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier
Pattersonville Telephone CompanyCapital Region, Mohawk Valley
Slic Network SolutionsCapital Region, North Country
TDS TelecomCentral NY, Finger Lakes, North Country, Southern Tier

New NY Broadband Program Phase 3

Phase 3 of the New NY Broadband Program was completed in 2018. It accepted applications for the New NY Broadband Program and its award recipients have already been announced. Here is the full list of phase 3 awardees:

Internet Provider Phase 3 AwardeesAreas That They Will Be Served
Armstrong TelecommunicationsFinger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western NY
Clarity Fiber SolutionsCentral NY, Southern Tier
DTC Cable Inc.Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier
Frontier CommunicationsFinger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier
Gtel TeleconnectionsCapital Region
Haefele TV Inc.Central NY, Southern Tier
Hudson Valley WirelessCapital Region, Mohawk Valley
Hughes Network Systems, LLCCapital Region, Central NY, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier, Western NY
Mid-Hudson Data Corp.Capital Region
Middleburgh Telephone CompanyCapital Region
MTC CableCapital Region, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier
Otsego Electric CooperativeMohawk Valley
Slic Network SolutionsCapital Region, North Country
TDS TelecomNorth Country
Verizon CommunicationsCapital Region, Central NY, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier
Windstream New YorkWestern NY

 

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