The New NY Broadband Program is the nation’s largest and most ambitious state investment in broadband expansion. The Program allocates State grant funding to qualified Internet service providers to support projects capable of delivering high-speed Internet access to Unserved and Underserved areas of New York State at speeds of 100 Megabits-per-second (Mbps) in most areas, and 25 Mbps in the most remote areas. The Program funds up to 80% of capital expenditures for the construction of new or upgraded broadband networks, the vast majority of which utilize Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH), with a required private-sector co-investment. To date, the Program has formed public-private partnerships with 34 companies across the State, from family-owned telephone companies to nationally recognized telecom firms.
The Program allocated State grant funding through an innovative “reverse auction” method, which selected those projects providing broadband access at the lowest State Investment per location passed. Funding is distributed to awarded providers on a reimbursement basis. Nearly 90 percent of all State grant funding has been dedicated to projects that will address Unserved areas of the State, connecting these areas for the first time.
Internet Service Provider; For-Profit Business; Non-Profit Organization
Eligible Recipients Detail:
Broadband providers and organizations applied for State grant funding on a competitive basis to deploy broadband infrastructure to Unserved and Underserved Census Blocks (CB) throughout the State. The Broadband Program Office (BPO) designates eligible Unserved and Underserved areas on a Census Block (CB) basis using broadband availability data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a base layer.
Last Mile Connectivity
Eligible Purpose Detail:
Projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to Unserved and Underserved areas of the State.
At least a 20% match is required by participating companies.