February 28, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $38.8 Million in New NY Broadband Program Round II Awards for the Southern Tier

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More Than 12,800 Homes and Businesses to Gain Access to High-Speed Broadband in the Southern Tier through Round II

Advances Governor’s Goal of Providing Broadband Access to All New Yorkers by the End of 2018

Round II Awards and Census Block Data Available Here

 

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $38.8 million in New NY Broadband Program Round II grants have been awarded to 17 projects in the Southern Tier. These awards will provide 12,835 homes and businesses with access to high-speed broadband for the first time, and leverage $11.7 million in private matching funds – bringing the total public-private investment in the Southern Tier to $50.5 million in Round II. Through Rounds I and II, the program has driven a total of more than $84.6 million in public-private investment in high-speed broadband across the region. Since the program’s launch, Governor Cuomo has secured upgrades statewide for more than 2.3 million homes, businesses and institutions.

“Broadband is today what electricity was nearly a century ago – essential to creating economic opportunity, driving innovation and an absolute necessity for our way of life,” Governor Cuomo said. “These awards will provide homes and businesses with access to the high-speed internet required to participate and succeed in the modern economy, and are a major step toward broadband for all in New York.”

In total, Round II will drive $268 million in public-private investment and will support a total of 54 projects that will reach 89,514 homes and institutions in unserved and underserved communities. Together with upstate high-speed broadband buildouts and upgrades ‎being carried out by Charter under mandates from the New York State Public Service Commission, Round II awards will ensure that 98 percent of New Yorkers will have access to the high-speed broadband required to succeed in a modern economy.

The awarded projects include 545 businesses and community anchor institutions (government buildings, healthcare facilities, institutions of higher education, K-12 schools, and public safety locations). The 17 awarded projects – addressing both unserved and underserved territories – span eight counties in the Southern Tier. In total, nearly 2,355 miles of broadband infrastructure will be deployed in the region, delivering new economic opportunities for residents and companies across New York.

Top Towns Benefitting From Broadband Buildout as Part of Round II – Southern Tier


Broome
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Windsor (Village)$1,372,669$1,830,087483
Windsor (Town)$622,390$829,791219
Colesville$531,447$708,543187
Sanford $152,812$212,86253
Fenton$42,629$56,83515
Chemung
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Van Etten$407,664$509,494224
Chenango
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
German$499,371$624,084131
Pitcher$449,815$562,152118
Afton$299,874$417,781104
Coventry$187,570$250,07466
Guilford$137,994$172,45839
Delaware
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Clochester$1,486,800$2,123,2171,344
Tompkins$1,427,962$2,039,614491
Hamden$1,200,197$1,501,012290
Delhi$1,148,762$1,435,691277
Marsonville$1,002,625$1,429,115345
Schuyler
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Orange$245,742$307,095155
Hector$241,470$301,760167
Reading$201,118$251,293155
Montour$180,894$226,10095
Catharine$96,733$120,88866
Steuben
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Troupsburg$3,883,558$5,009,607488
Tuscarora$2,921,874$3,769,434366
Woodhull$2,757,622$3,550,321369
Rathbone$2,080,042$2,677,761279
Greenwood$1,957,641$2,446,592503
Jasper$1,039,146$1,298,688267
Prattsburg$1,022,527$1,278,060537
Tioga
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Candor$1,030,088$1,287,336582
Tioga$755,279$943,754538
Barton$577,112$721,248300
Spencer$532,983$666,009381
Richford$313,584$391,885179
Tompkins
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Enfield$348,280$435,107325
Caroline$245,569$306,895140
Danby$40,049$50,05818

Round II Awards in the Southern Tier:


COMPANYPROJECTTOTAL STATE INVESTMENT
Armstrong Telecommunications2 Projects $16,301,221 
Delhi Telephone Company1 Project $3,392,373 
DTC Cable1 Project $4,432,209 
Empire Telephone Corp. 2 Projects $2,431,258 
Frontier Communications 4 Projects $2,046,178 
Haefele TV Inc. 2 Projects $4,497,012 
MTC Cable3 Projects $2,614,266 
Otsego Electric Cooperative1 Project $93,847 
TDS Telecom1 Project $3,018,167

 


The Broadband Program Office is currently finalizing a Request for Proposals for the Program’s upcoming Round III, which will launch within 30 days. This round will seek to complete the Program’s goal of bringing high-speed internet access to New York’s remaining unserved and underserved communities. Round III will be complemented by $170 million in Connect America Funds, which was recently allocated to New York State by the Federal Communications Commission. 

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The New NY Broadband Program is successfully implementing the Governor’s vision for a fully connected Empire State. The Round II grants announced today will drive hundreds of millions of dollars in state and private investment to deploy projects that will bring broadband to businesses, schools and communities, all of which need high-speed internet to compete in global economy.”

Empire State Development Executive Vice President of Broadband and Innovation Jeffrey Nordhaus said, “We would like to thank all of those who participated in Round II of the New NY Broadband Program and congratulate today’s winners. Today’s grant awards position us to provide high-quality broadband service to New Yorkers who need it most.”

New York State residents can check their Census Block (CB) Round II availability and commitments made through Governor Cuomo’s New NY Broadband Program here. Census blocks are aggregated by county to determine where buildout will occur.

About the New NY Broadband Program 
Recognizing the importance of broadband infrastructure and building on prior State investments in broadband deployment, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2015, with legislative support, established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program. The Program provides New York State grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to Unserved and Underserved areas of the State, with priority to Unserved areas, Libraries, and Educational Opportunity Centers. 

An “Unserved” area is defined as an area where the fastest available advertised Internet download speed offered by a wireline-based provider is less than 25 Mbps.  An “Underserved” area is defined as an area where broadband service is only available from a wireline-based provider at advertised Internet download speeds between 25 Mbps and 99 Mbps. The Program is the largest and most ambitious state investment in broadband in the nation, with a goal of achieving statewide broadband access in New York by the end of 2018.

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