The mission of ConnectALL is to build New York State's digital infrastructure and connect all New Yorkers through the internet. The ConnectALL Office oversees the statewide digital equity plan and administers over $1 billion in public investments across the state. The ConnectALL Office leads a multi-agency effort that includes:
- Statewide Digital Equity Plan and grant program to support New Yorker's use of the internet to participate in our society, democracy and economy.
- Rural Broadband Grant Program for areas that lack broadband infrastructure.
- Local Connectivity Planning and 21st Century Municipal Infrastructure Grant Program for municipalities, non-profits, and other entities to construct open and accessible public broadband infrastructure.
- Affordable Housing Connectivity Program, a partnership with New York Homes and Community Renewal to retrofit affordable housing with broadband installations as part of the agency's overall housing plan.
- Connectivity Innovation Grant Program to develop creative broadband solutions and ensure New York is a global leader in pioneering future breakthroughs.
- Led by the Department of Public Service, promote the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program which can provide eligible New Yorkers a discount of up to $30 a month toward internet service and up to $100 for a new computer or other connected device.
- Broadband Assessment Program and Interactive Map, administered by the New York State Department of Public Service.
- Streamline Broadband Construction by eliminating fees, removing outdated regulations, and leveraging existing state assets.
The $500 million New NY Broadband Program was established in 2015 to provide grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to Unserved and Underserved areas of the State.
New York State secured more than $1 billion in public and private investment to provide internet access to more than 2.42 million locations statewide. At the time of its launch, the New NY Broadband Program was the largest State broadband investment in the nation.
Approximately 90% of New NY Broadband Program funds connected locations to broadband for the first time. The Program resulted in the deployment of over 21,000 miles of fiber optic cable and supported 120 projects with 32 different companies.