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Court ruling: New York cannot force internet providers to have low-income, $15 option

A judge ruled late last week that New York cannot require internet providers to offer a broadband service for low-income customers.

The mandate from New York State was set to begin next week and require broadband service providers to offer it for as little as $15 per month.

Finger Lakes Partners (Billboard)

The low-income broadband consumers law passed in the state budget in April, and allowed the state’s attorney general to issue penalties up to $1,000 per violation from providers.

The providers say they would face “imminent irreparable injury,” which held up in court. State officials with the Cuomo administration say they will continue fighting for the law.

However, it’s temporarily paused as result of the court’s decision.



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