Funding through the New NY Broadband Program was announced to connect all un-served and under-served households in the state at speeds of at least 100 Mbps. The funding is to be released in phases. The application deadline for Phase 1, focused on the areas in brown on the map above, was April 15th, and winning providers will be announced in the coming months. Requests for Proposals for Phase 2 funding will be let during the summer.
BROADBAND IN ADIRONDACK PARK MAKES MAJOR ADVANCES
Over the past three years, the North Country has received $18M in Regional Economic Development Council Grants to fund broadband projects. On August 4, 2014, "Governor Cuomo announced that an investment of more than $9 million will be made to expand broadband access and increase broadband use among older adults in the North Country region....This investment is a result of a public/private partnership between New York State, Slic Network Solutions, Inc. and Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and includes funding from the $6 million broadband fund awarded to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council....This investment will expand access to broadband services for approximately 2,500 unserved households, 134 businesses and 33 community anchor institutions in the North Country, including 2 schools." *
The following projects are receiving New York State Broadband Grants:
* NYS Broadband Flash Bulletin, Volume 6, Issue 14.
MERGER OF TIME WARNER AND CHARTER
The NY Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the merger of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications. Conditions imposed on the merger by the PSC will require Charter to:
NEW NY BROADBAND RFP RELEASED
The central components of the program include:
RURAL COMMUNITY BROADBAND ROUNDTABLE (HELD IN OCT, 2013)
AdkAction.org collaborated with the USDA Rural Development, the New York State Broadband Program Office, Slic Network Solutions, and The Wild Center to host a Rural Community Broadband Roundtable to inform Adirondack officials how to prepare for and to apply for state and federal broadband funding. You can watch all or part of the event on The Wild Center's YouTube site at this link. The YouTube start times for each speaker and links to their presentations follow:
|Phil Wagschal||President, Slic Network Solutions||13.50||Slides A|
|Dave Salway||Director, NYS Broadband Program Office||41:05||Slides B|
|Dave Wolf||Telecom Division Manager, DANC||1:16:15||Slides C|
|Rob O'Hara||General Field Representative, USDA, RUS||1:23:40||Slides D|
|Renee Hottee||Lead Area Specialist, USDA, RUS||1:44:45||Slides E|
|Bob Puckett||President, NYS Telecom Association||1:59:40||Slides F|
|Tom Kamber||Executive Director, OATS||2:10:55||Slides G|
WIRED FOR LEARNING FORUM (HELD IN OCT, 2013)
AdkAction.org collaborated with The Wild Center, Adirondack Foundation (formerly Adirondack Community Trust) and the Franklin-Essex Hamilton Board of Cooperative Educational Services in presenting a day-long program by Alan November of November Learning. This story published by The Adirondack Almanack summarizes the event and gives links to the entire event on The Wild Center's YouTube channel. In addition, the story contains links to highlights of important tools Alan November discussed for use by teachers and students.