NEW YORK STATE -- Over the next 10 years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says that more than $39.2 million in federal funding will be set aside to expand broadband to homes in rural areas of New York State.
The funding will expand broadband to 26 rural counties throughout the state, bringing the service to over 15,000 homes and businesses. As a part of the announcement, Verizon will receive more than $18.5 million to expand services to nearly 8,000 homes and businesses.
Speeds would be at least 100 megabits per second.
Senator Chuck Schumer has been a big voice in this funding.
"To build the vibrant Upstate New York economy of tomorrow that creates and sustains the jobs of the future, we must invest in high-speed internet access today, so that every upstate home, school or small business gets — and stays — connected," Senator Schumer said. "With this multimillion-dollar investment, rural counties upstate will finally have the resources needed to close the far-too-large digital gap."
In total, there will be 840 homes and businesses in Herkimer County and 689 in Oneida County, that will see this funding.