ALBANY, NY (WWTI) – Internet service discounts are now available to some New Yorkers.
On Monday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new initiative led by the New York State Department of the Public Service that promotes the Affordable Connectivity Program, a federal program that offers discounts of up to $ 30 per month on Internet services for low income families.
New Yorkers are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program based on their income. Specifically, a household can receive ACP assistance if its income is 200% or less than federal poverty guidelines. A breakdown of the 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines is included below.
|Household size||New York|
|For each additional person, add:||$ 9,080|
Households may also be eligible if they participate in other assistance programs including SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, SSI, FPHA, free and discounted school meal programs, or if a person is already receiving a Lifeline benefit. .
According to Governor Hochul, this program would support more than two million low-income families in New York State.
“The pandemic has shown us how access to reliable broadband is an essential lifeline for New Yorkers to stay connected to loved ones and to professional opportunities,” Governor Hochul said in a statement from hurry. “Internet connectivity for all New Yorkers, including low-income families, helps New Yorkers start a business, find jobs, access health care and connect with loved ones. It is imperative to ensure reliable broadband and high speed for all New Yorkers. “
The governor’s office said broadband in New York City costs on average more than $ 60 per month. The state’s ConnectAll initiative will aim to provide information on how the Affordable Connectivity Program can offer discounts on these tariffs.
In addition to the $ 30 per month assistance, financially eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $ 100 to purchase a laptop, desktop or tablet from participating providers if they contribute. more than $ 10 and less than $ 50 at the purchase price.
DPS plans to publish the federal broadband rebate directly as part of its regular consumer outreach that includes nearly 100 mainstream events in 2022, and its statewide broadband mapping initiative. .
Governor Hochul also confirmed that the ministry will encourage major broadband service providers to promote the program and report on their plans as they develop, including Charter, Verizon and Altice. These providers collectively serve more than 95% of homes in the state, as well as wireless service providers AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.
Other New York State agencies involved in the broadband outreach initiative include the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Office of Children and Family Services, and the Department of Labor.