ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) — New York State will receive $100 million dollars in federal funding to expand high speed internet.
Governor Kathy Hochul and New York Senators Chuck Schumner and Kirsten Gillibrand made the announcement Wednesday.
The new federal investment comes from the American Rescue Plan’s Capital Projects Fund. It is the largest targeted investment in affordable housing connectivity in the nation.
“Affordable, reliable broadband access is essential to connect New Yorkers with work, education, and government services, but still out of reach for far too many families,” Governor Hochul said. “This critical funding to unlock high-speed internet for thousands of New York renters will build on the success of our ConnectALL broadband initiative while supporting the goals our five-year plan to build and preserve more affordable housing. Thanks to the Biden administration and New York’s Senate and Congressional delegations, New York will continue to lead the nation in bridging the digital divide and making broadband available to all.”
According to governor Hochul’s office, New York estimates 100,000 homes will be connected to high speed internet across the state.