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Thursday, April 18, 2024

New York State awarded $600 million to improve high-speed internet access


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) ⁤— U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has revealed that New ‍York State is set to receive a whopping $664 million in federal funding from the Bipartisan ‍Infrastructure Investment & ⁣Jobs Act. This funding is aimed ‌at expanding affordable high-speed internet access ‌across the state, a move that is expected to have⁤ a significant impact on communities in both rural and ‍urban areas.

The $42⁣ billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program (BEAD), which is part ​of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, will be channeled to the state’s ConnectALL Office. This office will ‍be responsible for soliciting applications from‍ internet service providers to⁣ build new ⁤broadband infrastructure in areas that are currently underserved or completely ‌lacking in internet access.

“Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Law ⁢we passed, ​a‌ historic nearly $670 million is now‍ on ⁤its way to expand broadband infrastructure and boost high-quality ‌internet access across‌ New York. Whether it is for work, school, or getting the healthcare you need, access to the internet ⁢is not luxury, but‍ a necessity for modern life. ‌Long before the ⁤pandemic, communities across New York, from rural communities Upstate to bustling city neighborhoods, have struggled to obtain reliable high-speed internet service. I am proud to deliver this record setting nearly $670 million for New​ York to help finally close the ⁣digital divide. New‌ York, under Governor‍ Hochul’s leadership, is leading the charge to get all New Yorkers⁣ the⁢ equitable access to the internet they⁢ deserve, and this major federal investment will help⁤ finally give our communities the support they ⁢need​ to succeed⁤ in⁣ the 21st century.”

– Sen. Schumer

This‍ announcement comes on the heels⁣ of a⁢ previous announcement that New York would receive $100 million through the American Rescue Plan to expand‌ high-speed internet across the state. With these significant ⁢investments, it is clear​ that the state is making strides towards ensuring that all its residents have access to ⁢reliable ⁢and affordable internet, regardless of ⁢their location.

Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza is a dedicated journalist, known for his in-depth research and commitment to truth. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, he specializes in revealing and reporting on significant local issues.
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  1. Great news! Improved internet access will greatly benefit businesses, education, and everyday life for New Yorkers. #Progress

  2. Agree: This funding will bridge the digital divide and provide equal opportunities for all New Yorkers. #DigitalEmpowerment


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