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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.

Of great importance at the federal level is the status of the $170 million in federal aid that was offered to Verizon to expand broadband in rural areas of New York through Connect America Funds. Verizon declined to accept the funding, and now the $170 million may be auctioned off to another state. Board Chair Dave Wolff recently co-signed a letter authored by the Adirondack Council supporting Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, and Governor Cuomo’s request to the FCC to reconsider diverting the funds and to instead offer them to other service providers in New York State.

AdkAction.org continues to host a widely-attended monthly Broadband Conference Call to encourage communication between community members, state and local government officials, and service providers.

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:

  • Belmont South Next Generation Broadband
  • Newcomb Next Generation Broadband
  • Minerva Next Generation Broadband
  • Black Lake Next Generation Broadband
  • Older Adults Technology Services - Building a Broadband Adoption Ecosystem for Older Adults Residents of the North Country

* 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:

  • Make upgrades to the TWC system to deliver at least 100 Mbps statewide by the end of 2018, and 300 Mbps by the end of 2019 (estimated $305 million value).
  • Extend lines to bring high-speed broadband to 145,000 - unserved and underserved homes and businesses [estimated $355 million value]. These conditions will make 100 Mbps service available to virtually all customers in Time Warner’s and Charter's current franchise areas.
  • Create a new low-income broadband program with minimum speeds of 30 Mbps at $14.99 available for 700,000 low-income households [estimated $250 million value].
  • Offer a standalone broadband product of 60 Mbps at $59.99 a month (estimated $125 million value).
  • Improve customer service and achieve a 35 percent reduction in the rate of cable customer complaints in five years [estimated $55 million value].
  • Offer free broadband connections and service to 50 community centers such as schools, libraries and other locations serving the public in underserved areas.


NEW NY BROADBAND RFP RELEASED  

The central components of the program include:

  • New access to broadband at speeds of at least 100 Mbps; 25 Mbps in the most remote areas of the state.
  • Public-private partnership with a required 50% match in private sector investment targeted across the program; & a minimum 20% match in any specific project area.
  • High priority for projects that most improve broadband Internet access in underserved areas, including libraries and educational opportunity centers.
  • Applications will be chosen through a “reverse-auction” process, which will award funding to projects bidders seeking the lowest state investment.
  • Auctions to be held within each Regional Economic Development Council region to ensure statewide allocations of funding.
Homes excluded from Phase 1 are
  • Unpassed Time Warner Cable franchise homes.
  • All homes within areas eligible for NYS Connect America Fund (CAF) funding.
  • Homes within service areas covered by Qualifying Connect NY and REDC projects.
  • Applications may be submitted through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application Portal beginning Tuesday, March 1, 2016, and are due on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Applicants must be able to complete projects by December 31, 2018. Subsequent rounds of funding will be announced throughout 2016.


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 LearningThis 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.


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