Empire State Development announces broadband grants

North Country projects funded

— The state is committed to accelerating the availability, affordability, and utilization of broadband technologies in order to grow New York’s economy. Access to the numerous benefits of broadband access, such as e-commerce, e-government, telemedicine and distance learning will result in job creation, improved health care, greater educational opportunities for students and teachers, and enhanced economic development.

The following projects are receiving New York State Broadband Grants:

— Essex County Broadband Service Expansion (Essex County) – $557,000

— Time Warner Cable Broadband (Various Counties) – $5,258,231

— North Country Telecommunications Loan Fund (Various Counties) – $500,000

— North Country Public Emergency Network (Various Counties) – $2,222,000

Most of the grant funding will be for the “last-mile” of broadband service, which means the projects will provide high speed internet connections directly to New Yorkers. The last-mile is the most expensive portion of a broadband network, and often prevents many rural residents from receiving broadband service, even when service is available to nearby homes.

“Access to high-speed broadband is critical to attracting business and economic development investments through-out New York State,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “These grants will help thousands of businesses expand their reach to consumers in countries around the globe while also connecting under-served New Yorkers to the services so many of us already enjoy.”

For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

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