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#Broadband4All campaign launched in New York

Staff writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched #Broadband4All, a campaign to rally support for his New NY Broadband Program proposal, which will ensure that every New Yorker has access to high-speed Internet service by the end of 2018.

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thousand businesses and more than 5.4 million New Yorkers lack broadband access.
As part of the campaign, the Governor unveiled a new website, ny.gov/BroadbandForAll, which provides New Yorkers with more information about the issue and encourages them to become involved. Additionally, members of the Governor's administration are continuing to visit communities across the state to present the proposal in regions with some of the greatest broadband needs.

"Having powerful internet access has become a necessity in today's world, but in communities across the state – both rural and urban – there is a broadband gap that is leaving New Yorkers behind," Governor Cuomo said.

More than 2,000 of New York's public schools report speeds lower than the recommended minimum capacity of 100 Mbps.
"This is a problem that impacts everything from businesses to hospitals and schools, and we need to make a bold investment to change that and ensure every New Yorker has fast, reliable Internet access. By implementing this proposal we can lay the foundation for a stronger and more competitive New York years into the future, so let's start making broadband for all a reality this year."

In each of the following counties, more than half of the population did not have access to broadband at 25 Mbps as of July 2014:

Capital District: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington Counties
Central New York: Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Oswego Counties
Finger Lakes: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wyoming, Wayne and Yates Counties
Mid-Hudson: Sullivan and Ulster Counties
Mohawk Valley: Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie Counties
North Country: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties
Southern Tier: Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins Counties
Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties

Today, 55,000 businesses and more than 5.4 million New Yorkers – more than 25 percent of the State's population – lack broadband access, defined by the Federal Communications Commission as 25 megabits per second (Mbps).

More than 2,000 of New York's public schools report speeds lower than the recommended minimum capacity of 100 Mbps. Nearly 500 public schools have no broadband service at all.


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