Governor Hochul Announces Launch of $10 Million ConnectALL Pilot Initiative to Bring Affordable High-Speed ​​Internet Access to Rural Communities

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the launch of a model ConnectALL project in four counties to bring affordable high-speed Internet access to more New Yorkers living in rural areas. The Village of Sherburne in Chenango County, the Town of Nichols in Tioga County, the Town of Diana in Lewis County and the Town of Pitcairn in St. Lawrence County are the first municipalities to benefit from this first deployment, through the governor. ConnectALL Billion Dollar Initiative. ConnectALL, the largest-ever investment in New York’s digital infrastructure in the 21st century, aims to transform New York’s digital infrastructure and expand broadband access, affordability and equity in across the state using more than $1 billion in public and private investment. Officials from the New York Power Authority and Empire State Development, along with Sherburne Mayor William Acee and other aides, joined today to officially launch the Model Project in the Village of Sherburne.

“The past two years have reminded New Yorkers how crucial reliable and affordable broadband is, so that we can stay connected to family, work, school and health services, as many have been forced to work and go to school remotely, and deep rifts in New York. digital landscape were exhibited”, Governor Hochul said. “Broadband internet access is just as important to everyday life as heat, water and electricity, and ConnectALL aims to create a new digital landscape for New York by establishing secure and affordable broadband connections in all corners of the state. Investing in this vital public infrastructure will not only bolster the progress of our state’s initial investment, but will spur long-term economic growth and local innovation.

New York’s new ConnectALL program is investing $10 million to target areas where existing state-owned fiber can bridge fiber between large data centers (first mile) and single-family homes (last mile), mainly in rural areas that are not served by private broadband providers. Working with nonprofit community and New York State government partners, including ESD, the North Country Development Authority, and the Southern Tier Network, NYPA will manage the initial deployment of the high throughput in these four selected counties by leveraging existing state-owned networks. to connect optical fiber on the “central mile” to more than 2,000 homes and businesses.

The statewide ConnectALL initiative includes grant programs to provide funding to local municipalities and other entities to plan, design and build accessible broadband infrastructure, a rural deployment program to extending broadband networks to unserved and underserved homes and businesses, a digital equity program to ensure statewide broadband access, and other innovative programs.

In the Village of Sherburne, NYPA will work with Sherburne Electric, a NYPA municipal power customer, to utilize fiber cable from NYPA’s existing transmission system for the “middle mile” and help the village and municipality in design, engineering and construction. fiber networks to the 1,800 homes and businesses in the village. The project should be completed by the end of the year. Once completed, the broadband connection will be managed by a third-party internet service provider at a nominal cost.

New York Power Authority Interim Chairman and CEO Justin E. Driscoll said: “Broadband Internet connectivity allows New Yorkers to have equitable access to information as well as goods and services. Using the Power Authority’s transmission network to help connect more New Yorkers to broadband is a winning statewide strategy that allows us to maximize the use of our equipment, share our expertise technology and strengthen our relationships with our customers, all to benefit more New Yorkers, especially those who live and work in some of the most remote areas of our great state.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said: “Ensuring that every New Yorker has access to affordable and reliable broadband is critical and will require innovative, community-led solutions. This new pilot project within Governor Hochul’s ConnectALL initiative is truly groundbreaking, leveraging the state’s existing digital infrastructure in new ways to directly benefit New Yorkers. The Village of Sherburne and the other municipalities participating in this pilot project should be commended for their leadership in expanding broadband access and affordability so that all of their residents can participate and thrive in our connected society.

State Senator Peter Oberacker said: “Reliable, affordable and accessible high-speed broadband is vital for economic development, emergency services, education and quality of life. Repealing the fiber optic tax in the state budget and continuing the ConnectALL initiative will allow more people to access the internet and help bridge the digital divide. »

Assemblyman John Lemondes saidBroadband expansion work is intense and resource-intensive, which is why it’s so reassuring to see initiatives like ConnectALL pushing for further expansion in every neighborhood in New York City. Broadband has become essential to everyday life, and all New Yorkers deserve to be served by its benefits.And with programs like these, we have a strong start to bringing reliable broadband to all of New York City.

The Mayor of the Village of Sherburne, William Acee, said: “This is a record day for Sherburne Electric customers. The prospect of having broadband Internet access available to all Sherburne residents and businesses is the modern equivalent of the arrival of the railroad. New affordable high-speed Internet access will symbolically expand the boundaries of our community and help forge deeper ties between Sherburne and the world beyond. I am very grateful to Governor Hochul, the State of New York and the Power Authority for working to make this project a reality.

Southern Tier Network President and CEO Steve Manning said: “New York State ConnectALL and the New York Power Authority have created a vision to create efficient, municipally-targeted, long-term fiber-to-the-home solutions that will meet the broadband needs of unserved and underserved households in state for years to come. This coordinated plan strategically aligns non-profit and municipal fiber optic telecommunications organizations such as the Southern Tier Network, Northern Development Authority and Sherburn Electric Coop with NYPA and the ConnectALL State Office of New York to creatively leverage their collective assets and resources for ultra-high-speed broadband infrastructure to serve those residents who have desperately needed quality, reliable, and affordable Internet service for years. New York State is one of the first government agencies I know of in the country to have the courage to plan the introduction of competitive broadband services in markets controlled by a single, for-profit service provider.

Carl E. Farone, Jr., executive director of the Northern Development Authority, said: “This strategic partnership between the Development Authority and the New York Power Authority is a positive step in expanding broadband in the North Country. Helping to bring broadband to underserved areas of our service area has been a Development Authority priority and this pilot project in St. Lawrence and Lewis counties will help us move forward to achieve both our goal and the goal of Governor Hochul’s ConnectALL initiative.

For more information on ConnectALL, visit: https://broadband.ny.gov/

About the NYPA

NYPA is the nation’s largest state-owned power organization, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines. More than 80% of the electricity produced by NYPA is clean, renewable hydroelectricity. NYPA does not use tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and income drawn largely from the sale of electricity. For more information visitwww.nypa.govand follow us onTwitter,Facebook,instagram,tumblrandLinkedIn.

About Empire State Development

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s primary economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). ESD’s mission is to promote a strong and growing economy, encourage the creation of new jobs and economic opportunities, increase state and municipal revenues, and achieve stable local economies. and diversified. Through loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD works to improve private business investment and growth to drive job creation and support thriving New York communities. The ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing regional economic development councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY”, the state’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on regional councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov

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