Tech Valley Communications and the city of Albany have received a grant from New York state to expand Albany FreeNet into several new areas

September 1, 2009

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings today announced that Tech Valley Communications (TVC) and the City of Albany have received a grant from New York State to expand Albany FreeNet into several new areas throughout the City, implement free digital literacy training programs and virtual workforce development programming, and provide highly subsidized desktop computers for those who cannot afford them. The grant totals nearly $625,000 and will allow Tech Valley Communications and the City to provide the highly successful Albany FreeNet in areas that were previously unserved.

“This is an important step in expanding digital literacy and access into every neighborhood in our City. We are working to break down the digital divide one block at a time, and we are grateful that New York State and Tech Valley Communications are helping us move forward,” said Jennings.

“Access to broadband creates jobs, stimulates our economy and increases our quality of life,” said Governor David A. Paterson. “New York State is proud to continue supporting this very important initiative. We must continue to set the pace for providing universal broadband access that is affordable, fast, and accessible to every New York resident.”

“I am pleased to recognize the City of Albany and Tech Valley Communications as one of the Round 1 broadband grant recipients,” said Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, New York State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of the Office for Technology. “Digital access, affordability and literacy are critical to the success of New York’s youth and communities. The broadband funding continues the progress made in Albany to increase the availability of broadband and foster economic growth.”

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