ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to require all providers of high-speed internet to offer the service to low-income households for $15 per month.
The proposal is part of the governor’s State of the State agenda. If adopted, New York would be the first state in the nation to have such a requirement.
“High-speed internet has become essential in every household. You can’t go to school, work from home, or visit your doctor by telehealth without it,” Cuomo said. “A basic high-speed internet plan costs, on average, more than $50 per month. For too many families, this just isn’t affordable. Without affordable broadband, families are left behind.”
Cuomo did not say what would define a low-income household.
Under the proposal, the state will partner with Schmidt Futures and the Ford Foundation to launch a new hardship fund to pay for internet subscriptions for students who cannot afford $15 per month.