Bridging the “digital divide” is necessary in a democratic society, otherwise the United States runs the risk of becoming a nation of “haves” and “have nots.” The Connect NY Broadband Grant Program should be lauded for its efforts.
But there’s work to be done. Even after the announcement in March of 18 Connect NY Broadband Grant Program projects, many rural areas will remain without high-speed internet. The state awarded $25 million for internet expansion, but $89 million was requested. That left many North Country communities still lagging. Let’s hope the Connect NY Broadband Grant Program continues until all of New York has the internet access it needs.