Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced major progress Wednesday toward the state’s goal of providing high-speed broadband internet service to all New Yorkers.
During a visit to the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst, Cuomo said that Charter Communications, which recently purchased Time Warner Cable, plans to provide internet within four years to 145,000 Upstate New York households currently without service.
Charter, Cuomo added, also will make internet speeds of 100 megabits per second available to more than 2 million upstate homes and businesses by early next year, nearly two years ahead of schedule. The upgrade will include Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton and Albany.
The governor also listed the first round of $75.8 million in awards under the New NY Broadband Program, which will provide high-speed internet to 34,000 homes for the first time, including sparsely populated areas in the Adirondacks and the Catskills.
He added that proposals are now being accepted for the second round of awards, which will extend broadband to the most remote areas of the state.
“These actions are a major step forward in creating the most robust broadband infrastructure network in the nation,” Cuomo said, “and ensuring that reliable high-speed internet is available to all New Yorkers.”
Goal of the New NY Broadband Program is to provide most of the state with access to internet download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and at least 25 megabits per second in remote areas by the end of 2018. It will dramatically improve downloading of movies and data, and will make credit card transactions up to five times faster.