New York City is partnering with Charter Communications Inc. and Altice USA Inc. to provide free high-speed internet and basic cable TV service to about 300,000 residents of public housing.
Called “Big Apple Connect,” the program aims to bridge the digital divide between wealthier residents and lower-income people who lack the tools necessary for remote learning, access to health care and job opportunities, city officials said. An estimated 30% to 40% of people who live in buildings run by the New York City Housing Authority lack broadband, according to the cable providers.
“In 2022, in the wealthiest city in the country, no one should go without access to the internet,” Chief Housing Officer Jessica Katz said in a statement. “It is vital to our daily lives, to succeeding in school and in work, and is how we stay connected as a society.”
The city plans to have the service available in more than 200 NYCHA buildings by the end of 2023.
Read Bloomberg's article "NYC to Offer Free Broadband to 300,000 Public Housing Residents," featuring the New York City Housing Authority.