NY Governor Wants All State Residents To Have High Speed Internet
January 20th, 2015 | by Kevin James Krotz
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to bring high speed internet to state residents, urban and rural alike. The administration is looking to build a $1 billion broadband program to ensure that every New Yorker has access to high-speed internet by 2019.
As a part of the administration’s ‘2015 State of Opportunity Agenda,’ a $500 million New NY Broadband Program will utilize capital funds from bank settlements to incentivize private sector business to expand high-speed access in un- and underserved areas of the state. Broadband providers seeking to use this funding must provide at least a 1:1 financial match. The administration hopes that the state’s investment will stimulate competition in the broadband market in areas where none or little exists.
Broadband provides, under the program, must provide internet speeds of at least 100 Mbps, with priority funding given to those delivering the highest speeds at the lowest costs. In certain cases, 25 Mbps speeds may be offered in more remote areas, but according to the Cuomo administration, even that is three times the current standard.
“Access to high-speed internet is critical to ensuring that all New Yorkers can reach their full potential in today’s technology-driven world,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re launching the largest state broadband investment in the nation in order to make that goal a reality. This is a truly bold undertaking that will improve the lives of New Yorkers in every corner of the State, and I am proud to make it a priority of our administration’s second term agenda.”
Today, internet speeds and availability in NYS are lacking, with around one million New Yorkers and 4,000 businesses cannot get access to broadband at the state’s previously established minimum speed standards (6 Mbps download and 1.5 Mbps upload). Having a stable, high-speed internet connection is almost mandatory for people today, and Governor Cuomo and his administration are looking to bring that to everyone.
Source: New York State