Governor Cuomo, Senator Schumer, Congressman Collins Announce More Than $170 Million Secured To Help Expand Broadband Across Upstate NY

$170 Million Will Connect Rural Upstate NY to The World

January 26, 2017

In a bipartisan effort, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, and Congressman Chris Collins today announced that more than $170 million in federal funds that could have been sent to other states will be returned to Upstate New York to expand broadband and high speed internet service.

"This administration has made an unprecedented commitment to ensuring access to high-speed internet for New Yorkers in every part of the state and this action brings us a step closer to making this a reality,” said Governor Cuomo.  "We thank Senator Schumer for his leadership on this issue and for working with us and the rest of the Congressional Delegation to ensure this New York funding rightfully stayed in New York. I also commend FCC Chairman Pai for this decision, which will help continue to promote an interconnected and inclusive broadband program without leaving any New Yorkers behind."

"This is huge news for rural communities all across Upstate New York. From the very beginning, I was very clear with the FCC that this $170 million belongs strictly to New York and should be kept here," said Senator Schumer.  "The federal government’s job should be to invest not divest in Upstate New York’s internet access. So, with today’s announcement other broadband companies in Upstate will now have the opportunity work with the State in order to bid on this funding to improve Upstate’s broadband access.  As long as I’m Senator, I will never let New Yorkers access to broadband suffer just because one carrier chose not to invest in New York."

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