Over $55 million being spent to roll out rural broadband

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Over the past two months, the state has allocated $55.4 million in federal funding to help connect rural residents to high-speed broadband networks.

The money comes from the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect America Fund (CAF) and was allocated by Empire State Development (ESD).

On August 12, ESD announced the authorization of approximately $16.2 million in federal broadband support funding from the CAF in order to connect 8,088 rural homes and businesses.

In July it allocated $39.2 million to connect 15,442 locations.

“This vital federal funding will bring the benefits of high-speed Internet to small businesses, schools and families throughout underserved areas of Upstate New York,” said Empire State Development president, CEO and commissioner Howard Zemsky.

The New York federal funding applications authorized are as follows:

  • Armstrong Telecommunications Inc. will receive $12.8 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 6,709 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps
  • DTC Cable Inc. will receive $2.1 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 712 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps
  • GTEL Teleconnections will receive $854,652 over the next decade to expand broadband to 260 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps
  • Haefele TV Inc. will receive nearly $1.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 667 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps
  • MTC Cable will receive nearly $4.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 1,659 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps
  • Otsego Electric Cooperative will receive nearly $4.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 1,146 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps
  • SLIC Network Solutions will receive nearly $11.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 4,610 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps
  • Verizon Communications will receive $18.5 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 7,767 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps

To see a breakdown of funding by county, click here.

 

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