February 28, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $44 Million in New NY Broadband Program Round II Awards for Western New York

TOP Governor Cuomo Announces $44 Million in New NY...

More Than 15,900 Homes and Businesses to Gain Access to High-Speed Broadband in Western New York 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


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $44 million in New NY Broadband Program Round II grants have been awarded to seven projects in Western New York. These awards will provide 15,913 homes and businesses with access to high-speed broadband for the first time, and leverage $11.2 million in private matching funds – bringing the total public-private investment in Western New York to $55.2 million in Round II. Through Rounds I and II, the program has driven a total of more than $60.5 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 two Western New York libraries and 989 businesses and community anchor institutions (government buildings, healthcare facilities, institutions of higher education, K-12 schools) and public safety locations. The seven awarded projects – addressing both unserved and underserved territories – span four counties in Western New York. In total, nearly 2,057 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 – Western New York

TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
Salamanca (City)$3,288,461$4,108,9863,184
Great Valley$1,641,058$2,050,5871,361
Cold Spring$1,147,721$1,434,258478
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units
TownState GrantsTotal InvestmentNumber of Units

Round II Awards in Western New York:

Armstrong Telecommunications4 Projects$29,259,132 
DFT Local Service Corp.1 Project$4,274,536 
Fairpoint1 Project$9,275,572 
Frontier Communications1 Project$1,228,643 


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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