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New York State Broadband Challenge Process

New York State Broadband Challenge Process


ConnectALL is in the process of verifying the eligibility of locations for ConnectALL Deployment Program funding through the New York State Broadband Challenge Process.  

  • Learn more about ConnectALL’s plans for broadband deployment through the ConnectALL Deployment Program.
  • Contact [email protected] with questions regarding policy or procedural items, or with accommodation requests related to the NYS Broadband Challenge Portal.
  • Contact [email protected] with questions regarding NYS Broadband Challenge Portal functionality or other technical assistance.


Estimated Timeline

Public Comment: Closed April 11: - Through the Challenge Portal, New Yorkers submitted comments and evidence on current broadband map data. Public Comments were available to eligible local and Tribal governments and nonprofit organizations registered in the Challenge Portal to review and incorporate into formal challenges during the Challenge Phase.

Eligible Challenger Registration: Closed April 18: - Local and Tribal Governments, nonprofit organizations, and Internet Service Providers were eligible challengers in the Challenge Process.

Challenge Phase: Closed April 18: Challengers submitted challenges through the NYS Broadband Challenge Portal

Rebuttal Phase: Open May 2 - June 1: When the Rebuttal Submission Period opens, notifications will be sent to all registered Permissible Challengers to provide formal notice that the challenges are open for rebuttal. All Permissible Challengers will be notified of the opportunity to submit rebuttals to open rebuttal challenges, which includes any challenge not submitted directly against a provider. In addition to the standard notification, broadband providers will receive a notification if challenges were received against them. The formal notice will initiate the 30-day Rebuttal Submission Period.

Get Involved

Internet Service Providers, government entities, and non-profit organizations


Register for Rebuttal Process Office Hours

ConnectALL is hosting optional Office Hours throughout the Rebuttal Process to provide technical assistance to eligible challengers navigating the Challenge Portal. Register now to attend.


Help ConnectALL identify locations of concern

Please use this form to report information about locations that show as eligible broadband serviceable locations on the ConnectALL challenge platform, but that you are concerned may not be serviceable locations, for example due to the lack of any habitable structure or the lack of any electricity at the structure. ConnectALL will use this information to inform grant planning and potential submissions to the Federal Communications Commission, which makes final determinations on the FCC broadband map, and to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which makes final determinations on location eligibility for funding under the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program.

Please complete the form and return to: [email protected].


List of Eligible Locations: The following files contain lists of:

Note: The list of unserved locations includes Broadband Serviceable Locations (BSLs) that are also Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) and do not have access to 1 Gbps symmetrical service, whether or not they would otherwise qualify as served or underserved by virtue of the availability of service at 100/20 Mbps or 25/3 Mbps respectively. 


NYS Broadband Challenge Portal User Guide: The User Guide provides details on eligible challengers, challenge types, and instructions for submitting challenges. This is a must-read for any eligible challenger participating in the Challenge Process.  

Read the User Guide


Challenge Outreach Toolkit: Download our Challenge Outreach Toolkit which includes suggested outreach language, social media language and graphics, and one-pagers with instructions for the public to participate in this critical process. ConnectALL will continue to add to this toolkit. Note: The toolkit is a zip file that will download directly to your computer.

Download the Toolkit


Event Materials
  • NYS Broadband Challenge Virtual Forum for Internet Service Providers, March 21, 2024
    • View presentation deck 
    • Watch recording on YouTube  Note: there is an error in the title slide shown. The title slide should read “New York State Broadband Challenge Process Virtual Forum for Internet Service Providers.” Additionally, the Challenge Portal demo has been removed from this recording.
  • NYS Broadband Challenge Virtual Forum for Government Entities and Non-Profit Organizations, March 21, 2024
  • May 1, 2024: NYS Broadband Challenge Process Virtual Forum: Rebuttal Phase

Frequently Asked Questions

The NYS Broadband Challenge Process User Guide contains answers to many frequently asked questions. If you can’t find an answer to your questions in the User Guide or in the FAQs below, please email [email protected] with your question. 

What data is in the portal?

Public Comment: The map published at the time of launch of the public comment portal will display FCC data and include Community Anchor Institution data. Before the challenge phase launch, neither funding data nor data on planned service expansion will be displayed in the portal.

Challenge Phase: The map will be updated at launch of the challenge portal with funding data, but not data on planned service expansion. Registered eligible challenger service providers can submit challenges based on planned service expansion during the challenge phase. 


What version of FCC availability data will be used in the challenge process?

The challenge process will be based on June 2023 FCC availability data, as updated on February 20, 2024 and version 3.2 of the FCC Location Fabric.


Note: All information is subject to NTIA approval. Any changes will be announced and documented in a change log.

Contact Us

Questions related to NYS Broadband Challenge Process policy or procedural items should be directed to New York’s ConnectALL Office at [email protected]. Questions related to technical assistance issues should be directed to [email protected]

Public comment, registration, challenges, and rebuttals will only be accepted through the online portal.