New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced $100 million in Federal funding for high-speed broadband infrastructure that will focus on connecting affordable housing units across New York state.
As part of the Affordable Housing Connectivity program, which was developed in partnership with the Empire State Development’s ConnectALL Office, more than 100,000 affordable housing units will receive updated broadband capabilities.
“As part of my administration’s commitment to building safe, stable, affordable housing, we are leveraging a $100 million Federal investment to give New Yorkers one of the most important household amenities we can offer – access to high-speed internet,” Governor Hochul said.
As part of this endeavor, the state invites internet providers to apply to the competitive grant program to help retrofit internet infrastructure in affordable housing rental units to support high-speed internet.
“With work, school, and essential government services going digital, affordable homes need affordable, reliable broadband, and this funding will help bolster our efforts to build housing equipped with the basic tools that New Yorkers need to succeed,” said Governor Hochul.
“I thank the New York delegation for supporting New York’s Affordable Housing Connectivity Program and for their partnership in helping to create housing where New York families cannot just live but thrive,” she added.