NYC announces free and low-cost internet for 13 housing developments (New York City Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
May 11th, 2021

From Cities Today:

Five vendors have signed agreements to offer high-speed internet access for up to 30,000 residents in 13 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office called it a “major milestone” in the implementation of the city’s Internet Master Plan for universal broadband.

The five vendors with signed agreements – Starry, Sky Packets, Silicon Harlem, Flume, and NYC Mesh – are finalists selected from the city’s Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) issued in June 2020 in partnership with the NYC Economic Development Corporation.

An agreement with a sixth supplier is being finalised.

Three developments will get access to free Wi-Fi and another ten will receive low-cost wired access. According to the Mayor’s Office, internet service providers in the target neighbourhoods typically charge between US$40 and $110 a month, but the vendors in this programme have committed to providing service at no more than US$20 per month.

Read Cities Today's article "NYC announces free and low-cost internet for 13 housing developments," featuring the New York City Housing Authority.

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