New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an invoice requiring all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to offer broadband $ 15 per month to low-income users, such as Bloomberg reported. This will significantly reduce the price for over 7 million people in 2.7 million qualifying households, as the current average monthly price in the state is $ 50.
ISPs should provide download speeds of at least 25 Mbps or their current internet speeds for low income if higher. In centers like New York City, where speeds tend to be faster, Bill caps the price of broadband at over 200 Mbps at $ 20 per month.
The 25 Mbps figure is what the FCC has defined as broadband since 2015, although a bipartisan senatorial group recently asked the commission to reset it to 100 Mbps for uploads and downloads. Yet lower-end households will pay considerably less for the same service.
In addition to the caps for low-income households, the state launched the Affordable Broadband Portal to help residents find cheaper internet access in their area. Cuomo also announced a partnership with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt to provide free Internet access to approximately 50,000 students in economically disadvantaged school districts. ISPs have 60 days to implement the new pricing rules.
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