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New York is behind U.S. in broadband coverage

Mar 28, 2015 12:03 am
Miranda Neubauer in Capital New York reports that New York lags behind the rest of the country in broadband access. More than 25 percent of New Yorkers do not have access to minimal broadband speeds under the Federal Communications Commission's standards, while the number is 17 percent nationwide. In January, the FCC changed the definition of minimum download speed to 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Around 5.4 million New Yorkers, or 27.7 percent of the population, lacked access to broadband as of July, according to the state's data. Around 7 million, or 35.8 percent of New Yorkers, do not have access to 100 Mbps, according to the Cuomo administration. Governor Andrew Cuomo is promoting a $500 million broadband initiative in hopes of bringing universal broadband to the state by 2019. That plan calls for 100 Mbps, though they could offer a speed of 25 Mbps in the "most remote unserved and underserved areas of the state." Read the full story in Capital New York.