Nearly 16,000 homes and businesses in western New York will soon gain access to high-speed broadband for the first time.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday $44 million in New NY Broadband Program Round II grants. The money has been awarded to seven projects in western New York.
The grants will also leverage $11 million in private matching funds - bringing the total investment in western New York to $55 million in Round II.
In total, nearly 2,057 miles of broadband infrastructure will be deployed in the region.
Since the program launched, more than 2.3 million homes, businesses and institutions have seen upgrades.