It’s been a widely-known fact that New York State residents have spent far too much time being deprived of reliable broadband services. Though government officials have recognized this problem for a while, it’s only been in the past few years that they have started to create plans and solutions to alleviate this issue.
After all, in today’s world, access to high speed internet is as vital as shelter. With more and more companies choosing to save on overhead by taking their companies remote, we have more employees than ever working from home, and there are plenty of other reasons why people in the United States must be afforded the ability to use broadband to communicate, work, and thrive.
What Steps Has NYS Taken To Bring Broadband to Residents?
In 2015, New York State officials began taking steps towards a solution that would bring broadband services to the underserved and unserved areas of New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo led this by making an investment totaling $500 million to use towards bringing broadband to all of NYS so that every resident would have access to the internet.
Once the program, dubbed the New NY Broadband Program, was sent into its final stage in 2018, grants totaling close to $210 million had been awarded to internet providers who would use the funds to bring broadband to 122,285 homes, businesses, and other community institutions like libraries and gathering spaces.
NY Broadband Program has also created a tool for NY residents where they can search for all the internet options available to them at their address. The tool is live and operational today displaying all their internet provider options including Charter Spectrum, Frontier, HughesNet and more.
Which Internet Providers Were Given Grants Through the New NY Broadband Program?
The satellite internet provider HughesNet was one of the companies that were given grant money to begin providing more areas of New York State with internet access. On April 17th, the provider announced new service plans for residents in specified parts of the state who would be eligible for special rates and data plans with HughesNet Gen 5.
HughesNet is a hugely popular internet provider as they offer satellite internet, a technology that is available virtually anywhere because it is not tied to phone, cable, or fiber lines. In fact, HughesNet has more than 1.3 million customers in the United States, Canada, and South America, and are known to be able to service rural or remotely-located areas.
With HughesNet Gen 5, the latest generation of internet technology, the service plans for their designated areas are built to deliver speeds of up to 25 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps which perfectly meets the definition of broadband as decided by the FCC. HughesNet even ranked No. 1 in the FCC’s “Measuring Broadband America” reports for delivering the speeds that they advertise. In addition to sufficient speeds, Gen 5 also offers state-of-the-art, built-in WiFi that allows customers to wirelessly connect into their network from anywhere in their home.
Upon making the announcement, HughesNet’s senior vice president of North America said, “We are pleased to help New York achieve its goal of bringing high-speed Internet access to citizens throughout the state. HughesNet Gen5 plans offered through the New NY Broadband Program feature more data than standard consumer plans, free equipment, and free standard installation. From receiving and sending emails, to online banking, to remote education, with HughesNet, New Yorkers can stay connected – no matter where they live or work in the state.”
New Yorkers who reside in the areas of the Capital Region, Long Island, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier, and Western New York are now able to view potential internet plans with HughesNet.