Tech News: New York cut down broadband cost for low-income families.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill requiring all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to offer $ 15 a month of broadband to low-income users, Bloomberg reported. This will significantly reduce the price for more than 7 million people in 2.7 million eligible households, as the current monthly average price in the state is $ 50.
ISPs must offer download speeds of at least 25 Mbps or their current low-income internet speeds if they are higher. In centers like New York City, where speeds tend to be higher, the bill limits the price of high-speed broadband above 200 Mbps to $ 20 per month.
The 25 Mbps figure is what the FCC has called broadband since 2015, although a bipartisan Senate group recently asked the committee to redefine it to 100 Mbps for both uploads and downloads. However, low-income families will pay much less for the same service.
In addition to the limits for low-income families, the state has launched the Affordable Broadband Portal to help residents find cheaper internet in their neighborhoods. Cuomo also announced a partnership with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt to provide free Internet to approximately 50,000 students in economically disadvantaged school districts. ISPs have 60 days to implement the new pricing rules.