Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched #Broadband4All, a campaign to rally support for his New NY Broadband Program proposal, which will ensure that every New Yorker has access to high-speed Internet service by the end of 2018. In each of the following counties, more than half of the population did not have access to broadband at 25 Mbps as of July 2014:
Capital District: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington Counties
A map of New York State demonstrating the vast number of areas without high-speed broadband access can be viewed here. A regional breakdown of current broadband accessibility is also available here.
To accomplish this, Governor Cuomo will invest $500 million to jumpstart the New NY Broadband Program utilizing capital funds from bank settlements to incentivize the private sector to expand high-speed broadband access in underserved and unserved areas.
Today, 55,000 businesses and more than 5.4 million New Yorkers – more than 25 percent of the State’s population – lack broadband access, defined by the Federal Communications Commission as 25 megabits per second (Mbps).
More than 2,000 of New York’s public schools report speeds lower than the recommended minimum capacity of 100 Mbps. Nearly 500 public schools have no broadband service at all.
Internet usage by consumers and businesses has more than tripled on a per user basis over the past five years, and growth is projected to continue.
In fact, in 2018, the average American Internet household will generate 139 percent more Internet traffic per month compared to today.
Regardless of industry, broadband is considered responsible for 43 percent of all new jobs created by businesses since 2013.
Across the United States, the number of Internet users grew from more than 122 million in 2000 to nearly 280 million in 2014. Viewed as a percentage of the national population, Internet users now account for roughly 84 percent of the American people, compared to just 43 percent in 2000.
Nationwide, the amount of annual e-commerce sales from web-only merchants ballooned from approximately $9.72 billion in 2003 to nearly $106 billion in 2013.