Jersey City residents living in Housing Authority buildings will be able to purchase high-speed internet access at deeply discounted prices and even get it for free, city officials announced Tuesday.
The city is partnering with Andrena, a New Jersey-based internet provider, in its latest initiative to expand broadband internet access to public housing complexes, Mayor Steve Fulop and the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) said.
The program has launched at the Berry Gardens senior housing development and service to Booker T. Washington, Curries Woods, and Marion Gardens communities will go live in the coming months.
JCHA put out a public bid for broadband infrastructure and high-speed, low-cost internet services in 2020 and contracted with Andrena to wire four JCHA public housing complexes. During the same time, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) began providing wi-fi subsidies nationally to eligible households, including residents of public housing.
Through a contract with JCHA, Andrena will provide public housing residents with major discounts on high-speed internet service starting at $20 per month. Combined with the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, there is no cost for Andrena’s service to JCHA residents.
“The digital surge during the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, and educate, and it has put an urgency on the need to close the digital divide,” Fulop said. “That’s why we’re investing in the necessary infrastructure within our public housing developments, so that our neediest families are afforded equitable opportunities in education, employment, and beyond.”
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