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      Multi-million dollar grants in place for high-speed internet expansion in Upstate New York

      Central New Yorkers will soon have new options with expanded broadband services announced across Upstate New York. Nearly 30,000 residents and more than 2,000 businesses will benefit from this expansion, with $14.5 million in state grants funding the projects.

      "Access to high speed internet is a critical resource for businesses and residents in today's global economy," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "These grants will connect underserved and rural communities to the many benefits of broadband access, including giving local businesses the opportunity to reach consumers from around the world. As the State works to grow the Upstate economy, these nine projects will provide the support necessary to attract and retain businesses and help create jobs for the region."

      The following nine projects are receiving New York State Broadband Grants:

      -Open Access Fiber Network (Yates County) - $2,407,049

      -Clarity Connect, Inc. - Tompkins and Cayuga Ubiquitous Last Mile Coverage (Various Counties) - $2,216,000

      -Slic Network Solutions, Inc. - Schroon Lake Next Generation Broadband (Essex County) - $2,162,656

      -New Visions Communications - Parish Broadband (Oswego County) - $1,999,584

      -MTC Cable - MTC Broadband Build Out (Various Counties) - $1,800,000

      -Slic Network Solutions, Inc. - Bellmont North Next Generation Broadband (Franklin County) - $1,012,366

      -Slic Network Solutions, Inc. - Lyon Mountain Broadband (Clinton County) - $976,426

      -Southern Tier West Development Foundation - Southern Tier Broadband (Various Counties) - $672,452

      -Slic Network Solutions, Inc. - Long Lake Next Generation Broadband (Hamilton County) - $1,370,306

      These nine projects will deliver broadband services to 29,117 households, 2,052 businesses, and 236 community anchor institutions, and will provide 614 miles of new fiber.

      The majority of the funding will be used to provide high speed internet connections directly to New Yorkers. Called the "last-mile," it's the most expensive part of installing a high-speed network.

      "These critical investments in expanding broadband are bringing us closer to providing all New Yorkers and businesses with access to the information superhighway," said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. "High-speed internet is a powerful tool for economic development, enabling businesses to access and connect to markets across the state and around the world."

      Cuomo has committed a total of $25 million to expanding high-speed internet access in rural and underserved urban areas.