Several communities in the Greater Olean area will receive state grants to increase to access to high-speed internet.
"Access to high-speed internet has never been more important for New York residents and businesses," said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who announced the funding Thursday. "By leveraging state investments with private and federal funding, we are building a stronger, smarter and more competitive New York poised to lead the nation as the first state to achieve total connectivity."
The grants, awarded from the New NY Broadband Program, include $555,289 for the Town of Portville; $443,066 for the Town of Cuba; $327,184 for Hinsdale; $225,697 for the Town of Olean; $176,249 for the Town of Allegany; $2,048 for the Village of Cuba, and $315 for the City of Olean.
The funding is part of a total of $225.5 million awarded by the state in Round III of the broadband program.
According to a news release from the governor’s office, when the New NY Broadband Program was launched in 2015, 30 percent of New Yorkers -- approximately 2.42 million locations -- lacked access to broadband, and the Round III funding ensures that all New Yorkers will have access to high-speed internet by the end of 2018.
"In just three years, that connectivity gap has been closed, thanks to the commitment of the governor and my legislative colleagues on this issue," said Sen. Catharine Young, who represents the Greater Olean area in the stare legislature. "This is a victory that will pay immeasurable dividends in the years to come, helping our rural communities to not only survive, but thrive.”
"The New NY Broadband Program is the first to achieve statewide connectivity, ensuring that all residents and businesses have access to high-speed Internet service,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “The public-private investments through all three rounds of this program will support new economic growth and job creation efforts across the region and throughout the state."