Empire State Development Announces FCC Authorization of Over $55.4 Million In Federal Funding for Rural Broadband In New York


Funding will supplement State broadband awards to over 23,000 previously announced unserved upstate locations

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the authorization of more than $55.4 million in federal broadband support across two waves of funding from the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF).  This funding, which matches previously announced New NY Broadband Program Round III awards to eight providers, will support the deployment of fiber-based broadband access to over 23,000 unserved homes and businesses across all eight Upstate Regions.

Today’s FCC authorization – approximately $16.2 million in federal funding addressing 8,088 locations – represents the second wave of CAF funding pursuant to the FCC’s landmark partnership with New York State, which was the result of efforts by Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development, and New York State’s Congressional representatives.  It follows the FCC’s July 15th authorization of over $39.2 million addressing 15,442 locations.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “This vital federal funding will bring the benefits of high-speed Internet to small businesses, schools and families throughout underserved areas of Upstate New York.”

“Our partnership with New York is continuing to connect unserved rural areas of Upstate New York,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “Closing the digital divide is the FCC’s top priority, and I’m proud that this partnership will help bring the opportunities that high-speed Internet offers Upstate.”

“The Broadband Program Office’s partnership with the FCC for the innovative joint CAF auction represents a first of its kind federal and state collaboration to expand broadband access.  Today’s announcement is an important milestone for the effort, and we thank the FCC for their partnership on this recent authorization, which will bring both federal and state funding to deploy broadband to over 23,000 previously announced locations across the State.” said Jeffrey Nordhaus, Empire State Development, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Broadband.

The New York federal funding applications authorized are as follows:

  • Armstrong Telecommunications Inc. will receive $12.8 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 6,709 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps

 

  • DTC Cable Inc. will receive $2.1 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 712 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps

 

  • GTEL Teleconnections will receive $854,652 over the next decade to expand broadband to 260 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps

 

  • Haefele TV Inc. will receive nearly $1.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 667 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps

 

  • MTC Cable will receive nearly $4.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 1,659 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps

 

  • Otsego Electric Cooperative will receive nearly $4.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 1,146 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps

 

  • SLIC Network Solutions will receive nearly $11.3 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 4,610 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Mbps and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps

 

  • Verizon Communications will receive $18.5 million over the next decade to expand broadband to 7,767 rural homes and businesses at downstream speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second and upstream speeds of 20 Mbps

 

Below is deployment by county, provider, and number of homes and businesses served (locations):

 

County
 
Company
Locations
Allegany
Armstrong Telecommunications
3,005
Cattaraugus
Armstrong Telecommunications
2,883
Cayuga
Verizon
1,536
Chemung
Haefele TV
162
Chenango
DTC Cable
1
Clinton
SLIC
245
Clinton
Verizon
278
Columbia
GTEL
260
Cortland
Haefele TV
4
Cortland
Verizon
296
Delaware
DTC Cable
519
Delaware
MTC
386
Erie
Armstrong Telecommunications
26
Essex
SLIC
410
Franklin
SLIC
499
Fulton
Verizon
438
Greene
MTC
537
Herkimer
Otsego
131
Herkimer
Verizon
840
Jefferson
    Verizon
693
Lewis
Verizon
57
Livingston
Armstrong Telecommunications
42
Madison
Verizon
7
Montgomery
Verizon
222
Oneida
Verizon
689
Onondaga
Verizon
11
Oswego
Verizon
372
Otsego
DTC Cable
192
Otsego
Otsego
1,015
Otsego
Verizon
91
Rensselaer
SLIC
3
Rensselaer
Verizon
190
Schenectady
Verizon
173
Schoharie
MTC
586
Schoharie
Verizon
81
Schuyler
Haefele TV
36
St. Lawrence
SLIC
625
St. Lawrence
Verizon
1,088
Steuben
Armstrong Telecommunications
693
Steuben
Haefele TV
164
Tioga
Haefele TV
285
Sullivan
MTC
24
Tompkins
Haefele TV
16
Thompkins
Verizon
16
Ulster
MTC
126
Washington
SLIC
2,828
Washington
Verizon
689
Wyoming
Armstrong Telecommunications
60
TOTAL
 
23,470

More information about the Connect America Fund is available at https://www.fcc.gov/general/connect-america-fund-caf.

More information about the New NY Broadband Program and the Program’s Round III awards is available at nysbroadband.ny.gov and https://nysbroadband.ny.gov/new-ny-broadband-program/phase-3-awards