Low income families in New York can now save up to $30 per month on internet service.
WWTI reports The money is being made available by the state through the federal Affordable Connectivity Program. Households can receive the subsidy if their income is 200% or less than the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four, that’s $53,000 per year. Households can also quality if they take part in programs like SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, SSI, FPHA, Free and Reduce-Price School Lunch Programs, or if an individual already receives a Lifeline benefit.
Governor Kathy Hochul says the program could help over two million New York families. In addition to the monthly discount, eligible families could receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 to the purchasing price.
The state Department of Public Service says it will encourage major internet providers to promote the program.
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