The state has started accepting applications for “Connect NY,” a grant program aimed at promoting and expanding broadband Internet access.
The $25 million program, paired with $2 million awarded through the Regional Council initiative, represents the single largest direct investment of state funding into expanding broadband access in the country, according to a governor’s office news release today.
Grants are made available through the Regional Economic Development Councils and Empire State Development and will help expand high-speed Internet access in unserved and underserved rural upstate and urban areas of New York.
“This investment in high-speed Internet access will ensure that the information superhighway will be open to all New York businesses,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By expanding the availability of high-quality broadband services, ‘Connect NY’ makes our state a national leader in the digital economy and gives our businesses the tools they need to compete and prosper in the global economy.”
With over 700,000 New Yorkers unable to access broadband, and another six million citizens facing significant obstacles to Internet connectivity, expanding high-speed Internet was identified last year by the Regional Councils as a key priority to stimulate local business growth.
The “Connect NY” Broadband Applications will be accepted through Oct. 5 and can be accessed here.