There are over one million households in New York without internet access

One million homes, or 13.8%, do not have access to broadband internet in the state of New York.

The national average is 13.6%.

The report was released by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and showed that households making less than $20,000 lacked internet access. Overall, 1 out of 3 low income homes lacked access.

The Finger Lakes Region makes up for 8% of people without access, Western New York makes up 12%, and the highest is Long Island at 25%.

To help combat the lack of internet access, the state has created a portal that shows affordable internet service in your area and the federal government created the Emergency Broadband Benefit that discounts internet up to $50 per month.

The state also created a law requiring all providers to offer affordable internet to low income families, but they are fighting it in court.

Want the latest headlines in your inbox each morning? Click here to sign up for our Morning Edition and Sunday Insight newsletters. They are dedicated to keeping you in the know. You can also download the App for Android (All Android Devices) or iOS (iPhone, iPad)
Support Local Journalism