By 2018, every New Yorker will have access to high-speed internet making "Broadband for All" a reality. Governor Cuomo's initiative is a major step in making sure that everyone in New York State is up to speed and on the same level, noting that it is necessary for our fast paced economy, society and education system.

According to the New York State website:

Millions of New Yorkers are either limited to target broadband speeds or have no access to broadband at all, creating a gap in the ability of some communities to participate in the global economy. To include all residents in the ongoing digital revolution, we’re making the largest and boldest state investment in universal broadband deployment in the nation: a $500 million which will ultimately close the broadband gap.

By the end of 2018, Governor Cuomo says 97 percent of all households in New York State will have broadband access that is required to succeed in a 21st century economy.