February 28, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $31.5 Million in New NY Broadband Program Round II Awards for the North Country

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More Than 12,300 Homes and Businesses to Gain Access to High-Speed Broadband in the North Country 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 $31.5 million in New NY Broadband Program Round II grants have been awarded to 14 projects in the North Country. These awards will provide 12,349 homes and businesses with access to high-speed broadband for the first time, and leverage $8.4 million in private matching funds – bringing the total public-private investment in the North Country to $40 million in Round II. Through Rounds I and II, the program has driven a total of more than $48.6 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 four North Country libraries and 645 businesses and community anchor institutions (government buildings, healthcare facilities, institutions of higher education, K-12 schools, and public safety locations). The 14 awarded projects – addressing both unserved and underserved territories – span six counties in the North Country. In total, nearly 1,197 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 – North Country


Clinton
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Altona$968,318$1,210,264226
Mooers$750,820$938,400184
Black Brook$709,484$886,443443
Ausable$341,129$426,213213
Chazy$324,675$405,81167
Essex
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Jay$1,880,212$2,349,1741,174
Westport$1,280,268$1,600,155233
Wilmington$1,106,667$1,382,691691
Keene$771,994$964,620466
Essex$468,953$586,019235
Hamilton
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Morehouse$1,247,175$1,558,784256
Indian Lake$1,101,862$1,376,688871
Arietta$1,050,613$1,312,656656
Lake Pleasant$323,512$404,202202
Long Lake$302,692$378,189226
Jefferson
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Cape Vincent$1,316,742$1,755,578199
Lyme$780,782$1,040,996118
Brownville$628,596$838,09095
Alexandria$414,206$517,72286
Clayton$291,139$388,16844
Lewis
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Croghan$657,991$822,465373
Watson$650,935$813,645369
West Turin$550,384$687,960312
Lyonsdale$525,687$657,090298
Montague$455,125$568,890258
St. Lawrence
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Russell$1,622,510$2,163,252273
Stockholm$1,000,916$1,251,536143
Hermon$956,865$1,275,764161
Lawrence$881,926$1,102,752126
Macomb$851,297$1,064,111233

Round II Awards in the North Country:


COMPANYPROJECTTOTAL STATE INVESTMENT
Cable Communications of Willsboro1 Project
$226,184
Castle Cable TV Television, Inc.1 Project
$632,559
Champlain Telephone Company1 Project
$1,362,901
Chazy and Westport Telephone2 Projects
$2,821,185
Citizens of Hammond1 Project
$1,395,688
Frontier Communications2 Projects
$7,304,640
Mohawk Networks LLC1 Project
$5,996,010
Newport Telephone Company 1 Project
$1,247,175
Slic Network Solutions 2 Projects
$3,746,744
TDS Telecom2 Projects
$6,780,688

 


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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