New York state is taking applications for a $25 million program aimed at promoting and expanding broadband Internet access.
The program, called Connect NY, targets rural Upstate areas and urban areas in the state that are not served or are underserved by broadband providers. It will offer grants through the state’s regional economic development councils and its economic-development agency, Empire State Development.
“Broadband is a powerful tool for economic development that will make our businesses stronger and New York more competitive in the national and international markets,” Empire State Development President, CEO, and Commissioner Kenneth Adams said in a news release. “Expanding broadband will result in more economic opportunity for business and more jobs for New Yorkers.”
The state plans to make grant awards to Internet-service companies, local governments, and economic-development organizations. Applications will be reviewed by regional councils and Empire State Development.
Submission guidelines and applications are available online at http://bit.ly/OFfPpN. The application deadline is Oct. 5.
Over 700,000 New York residents cannot access the Internet through broadband connections, according to the state. An additional 6 million face what New York calls “significant obstacles” to Internet connectivity.
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