continued The March 5 funding also includes $557,000 for Essex County broadband service expansion. That money will provide high-speed broadband service to households that do not have access in Jay and Wilmington, passing 1,900 households. The project will also provide digital video services and potentially a competitive telephone service.
Cuomo said the new projects will build approximately 6,000 square miles of new infrastructure and will provide high-speed internet service to 153,000 New York households, 8,000 businesses and 400 community anchor institutions.
“In addition to the vast economic benefits derived from broadband access, the projects being funded by Connect NY will create 1,400 new jobs,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo announced the $25 million Connect NY grant program in August in an effort to promote broadband internet access across the state, strengthen communities and spur economic development. More than $89 million in broadband applications were submitted.