New York universal broadband access possible with infrastructure funds, experts say
For nearly a decade, New York has pledged to provide universal high-speed broadband access, allocating over a half-billion dollars into expanding rural networks in some of the most remote areas of the state. While the efforts have yielded results — New York ranks second in the US in the percentage of the population with broadband available in their neighborhood — universal access remains elusive. Now telecom leaders hope $65 billion in broadband funding contained within the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill will put the state over the finish line when it comes to both building out rural networks and ensuring lower-income households can afford the service. An initial portion of $100 million will be allocated to each state to be used for broadband infrastructure grants. That funding will build upon the $670 million in state and federal funding that has already been allocated to build out networks as part of the New NY Broadband Program.
New York universal broadband access possible with infrastructure funds, providers say