WASHINGTON – The FCC has authorized nearly $16.2 million in federal funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 8,088 unserved rural New York homes and businesses, most of them located in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties.

Of the 8,088 homes and business, 3,005 are located in Allegany County and 2,883 are in Cattaraugus County.

Armstrong Telecommunications Inc. will provide the expanded services. The company will receive $12,821,813 over the next decade to expand broadband to 6,709 rural homes and businesses in several counties, including Allegany and Cattaraugus.

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“Our partnership with New York is continuing to connect unserved rural areas of Upstate New York,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “Closing the digital divide is the FCC’s top priority, and I’m proud that this partnership will help bring the opportunities that high-speed internet offers upstate.”

The federal funding is being provided through the FCC’s Connect America Fund, which is part of a broader effort by the FCC to close the digital divide in rural America.  On Aug. 1, the FCC proposed taking its biggest single step to date toward this goal by establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which would direct up to $20.4 billion to expand broadband in unserved rural areas.

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