$44 million in new broadband grants

ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Cuomo announces a second round of broadband access grants for Western New Yorkers.  
Governor Andrew Cuomo isn’t slowing down his efforts in implementing his $500 million dollar Broadband Program. The program is designed to provide New York State grant funding to support projects that will deliver high-speed internet access to all areas of the state with the goal of having statewide broadband access to all of the state by the end of 2018.  
Round 2 of the program was awarded and will allow high-speed internet access to more than 15,000 homes and businesses in Western New York.  
Alleghany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie counties are a part of the program’s statewide $44 million dollar second installment.  
"These awards will provide homes and businesses with access to the high-speed internet required to participate and succeed in the modern economy, and are a major step toward broadband for all in New York,” Governor Cuomo said. 
Through both rounds of the program, a total of $268 million dollars has been invested. Granting internet access to over 89,000 homes and businesses and a total of 54 projects. $55.2 million dollars, of the $268 million dollar total, will be invested in Western New York. 
Governor Cuomo also said that, "Broadband is today what electricity was nearly a century ago – essential to creating economic opportunity, driving innovation and an absolute necessity for our way of life.” 
Round 3 of the program is currently being finalized and is expected to launch in 30 days. The third installment of the program will seek to complete the program’s goal of bringing high-speed internet access to the rest of New York State.  

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