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Broadband Deployment Initial Proposal

The draft Initial Proposal describes how to effectively attract private investment and reach unserved locations.
Broadband Deployment Initial Proposal

Broadband Deployment Overview

New York State’s ConnectALL Office has been allocated more than $664 million in funding from the federal Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program, part of the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The BEAD allocation is the largest single investment in the ConnectALL initiative and will be used primarily for providing fiber optic infrastructure to locations in New York that currently have no broadband service.

The $1+ billion ConnectALL initiative, announced by Governor Hochul in her January 2022 State of the State Address, is New York State's largest-ever public investment in broadband, aimed at transforming the state's digital infrastructure to connect all New Yorkers to the internet. In addition to funding to reach unserved and underserved locations, ConnectALL includes grant programs to invest in publicly-owned open-access broadband infrastructure, to upgrade service to affordable and public housing, and to support digital inclusion and education on using the internet.

New York State has consolidated planning and implementation for both the Broadband Deployment and Digital Equity programs under ConnectALL to ensure a coordinated and integrated approach that will address the complete range of barriers to broadband access and use currently affecting New Yorkers. ConnectALL launched a comprehensive statewide planning and stakeholder engagement effort to inform the development of all Broadband Deployment Plans and the first-ever State Digital Equity Plan (SDEP). Learn more about ConnectALL outreach and engagement efforts here.

 

The National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) requires that States develop four different plans to receive their Broadband Deployment funding. These plans are:

  • New York State Five-Year Action Plan
  • Initial Proposal Volume 1
  • Initial Proposal Volume 2
  • The Final Proposal

Broadband Deployment Initial Proposal

ConnectALL’s Broadband Deployment Initial Proposal Vols. 1 & 2 describe how to most effectively invest the $664 million to attract private investment and reach unserved locations with a mix of fiber optic and wireless technologies.

Volume 1 includes details of existing broadband funding, unserved and underserved locations and community anchor institutions as defined by the BEAD program, and the challenge process to identify and confirm unserved and underserved locations. Volume 2 provides additional detail on ConnectALL’s approach to project areas and selection criteria.

The draft Broadband Deployment Initial Proposal was open for public comment for a period of 30 days. Based on the comments received, revisions were made to both Volumes and Appendices (as indicated below) and submitted to NTIA in December 2023. Volume I was approved by NTIA in February 2024; ConnectALL is currently awaiting NTIA approval on Volume II. A Document Change Log can be found at the end of each Volume. Public Comment Disclosure can be found in Appendix 2 of Volume 2.

 

NYS BEAD Five-Year Action Plan

The BEAD Five-Year Action Plan outlines goals and priorities for the $664 million allocated for broadband deployment in New York State under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.  These goals and priorities align with Governor Hochul’s commitment to affordable, reliable, and accessible, broadband for all residents across the State. The Plan notes the cost of building new fiber infrastructure to all unserved addresses identified by the FCC. The Plan also presents initial results from ConnectALL’s Internet and Digital Equity Listening Campaign, the first-ever comprehensive assessment of the digital divide in New York, encompassing both infrastructure and non-infrastructure barriers to broadband adoption. 

 

Press Release: Five-Year Action Plan

Read the Five-Year Action Plan here