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Rural broadband is getting a boost in Upstate, but will mostly benefit Southern Tier

he Federal Communication Commission has announced the authorization of $16.2 million in matching funds to expand broadband access in rural New York — the second wave of $55.4 million in funding aimed at beefing up the utility in under-served areas.

The funding, announced Monday, will expand access to more than 8,000 locations, including areas of the Southern Tier, and is part of the New NY Broadband Program.

Last month, the FCC authorized more than $39.2 million to expand broadband to more than 15,000 locations.

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