ConnectALL Affordable Connectivity Program Initiative to Launch

J.M. Lesinski

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For many New Yorkers, the cost of broadband internet and efficiency therein has long been a luxury out of reach, until now. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently made public a new informational initiative with the goal of encouraging and informing eligible New Yorkers to sign up for the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program, a brand-new assistance program that offers discounts up to thirty dollars per month toward internet service for low-income families.

“The pandemic has shown us how access to reliable broadband is an essential lifeline to keep New Yorkers connected to loved ones and professional opportunities,” Hochul said of the initiative. “Internet connectivity for all New Yorkers, including low-income families, helps New Yorkers start a business, find a job, access healthcare, and communicate with loved ones. It is imperative we ensure there is high-speed, reliable broadband for all New Yorkers.”

The New York Department of Public Service, working with other state organizations and Internet service providers, will soon launch the statewide campaign under Hochul’s new ConnectALL Initiative to expand enrollment for qualified New Yorkers. The ConnectALL Initiative originally premiered on January 5 as part of Hochul’s State of the State address.

“For too long broadband has been out of reach for our most vulnerable New Yorkers due to affordability issues,” remarked Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Hope Knight of the initiative’s launch. “Governor Hochul’s ConnectALL Initiative will expand internet access in all corners of the state – from rural state highways to urban centers – while increasing affordability, competition, and consumer choice.”

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