high-speed internet

Broadband numbers show rural areas still lag

Feb 2, 2016

Federal numbers on broadband access came out last week, and while there were improvements over 2015, rural areas still showed high percentages of people without access to high-speed Internet. (Check out a cool data visualization map here). 

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Rural and urban areas of upstate New York unserved or underserved by high speed broadband, are the targets for the $25 million "Connect NY" funding program announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today.

Internet service providers have until October 5 to submit their applications for grants made available through the Regional Economic Development Councils and Empire State Development. 

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A telecommunications company that builds fiber optic networks throughout the Northeast is expanding its headquarters in Albany, despite offers to relocate out-of-state.

Tech Valley Communications (TVC) will nearly double its Albany workforce to more than 120 people over the next five years.

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New York State received $6.3 million from the federal stimulus program to help expand broadband access. The award came from the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The money will be used to improve an online map that shows areas with gaps in high-speed internet service. Visitors to the map site will also be able to get a list of broadband providers in their area by entering their zip code.

Life without broadband

Sep 23, 2010
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If you live in a rural community in upstate New York, chances are you’ve experienced life without high-speed internet – even though many in urban areas view broadband as a given.

According to the New York State Office for Technology, some companies avoid opening up shop in communities without access to broadband. But residents aren’t just missing out on potential jobs and services when they’re not wired – they’re also missing out on educational opportunities that require a high speed connection.