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New York Public Service Commission Expands Low-Income Telecom Access

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The New York State Public Service Commission expanded phone and internet access to rural low-income areas yesterday—part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $500 million New NY Broadband Program.

The PSC designated three telecommunication companies eligible to provide Lifeline service to their communities, including SLIC Network Solutions, Inc., Valstar, Inc. and Armstrong Telecommunications, Inc.

Lifeline is a federal program designed to make telephone and broadband services more affordable for low-income consumers.

Since Gov. Cuomo passed his New NY program in 2015, nearly 90 percent of all funding has been awarded to projects that will address unserved areas of the state, connecting these locations for the first time.

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