Free internet services expanded for NYCHA residents Mas servicios gratuitos de Internet para los residentes de NYCHA – Manhattan Times News

More free Internet services for residents of NYCHA

By Gregg McQueen

El alcalde Eric Adams announced the expansion of the ‘Big Apple Connect’ program.

Optimum service, sin costo alguno.

The municipal authorities have announced that, by the end of 2023, about 300,000 residents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will have free access to high-speed Internet and basic services. de televisión por cable.

The “Big Apple Connect” program was initially tested in eight NYCHA urban areas throughout the city and has now expanded to 100 sites, Mayor Eric Adams said, making it the largest free band municipal program. del país

More than 200 NYCHA developments will have free Internet and cable access by the end of 2023, according to the city.

In a press conference held on September 19 in Langston Hughes Houses, in Brooklyn, one of the pilot sites of Big Apple Connect, Adams pointed out that the residents of public housing have suffered from the lack of broadband Internet access.

“Internet is not a luxury, it’s a necessity like electricity and gas,” said Adams. “We saw during the Covid pandemic, the absence of Internet service, that our young people could not learn remotely. Vimos que nuestros mayores no podían hacer telemedicine”.

“Durante demasiado tiempo, the residents of NYCHA have been disconnected while the rest of the city has been connected,” he said.

The expanded program will provide residents of NYCHA with a free package consisting of a high-speed Internet connection with a modem and router, a basic cable TV service with a cable box and a remote control, and Wi-Fi access points. las zonas comunes de sus edificios.

By the end of 2023, more than 200 urban areas of NYCHA will have free access to the Internet and cable television, said Adams.

People who live in NYCHA urban areas who meet the necessary requirements will be automatically enrolled in the program and will only be billed for the additional services they decide to purchase directly.

The director of Technology, Matt Fraser, said that the free Internet program will increase equity for residents of the city.

“De lo que estamos hablando hoy aquí, no se trata sólo de WiFi gratuito. It’s about economic development, public health, security and having an opportunity just like any other person who has money,” said Fraser. “Y en la vivienda pública, durante demasiado tiempo, ha estado en segundo plano respecto otras, simply porque no tenía acceso a los resources”.

In addition to the Langston Hughes Houses, other pilot locations are the Mott Haven Houses and the Patterson Houses in the Bronx, and the Polo Grounds Towers in Harlem.

The city has signed three-year agreements with Optimum and Spectrum to provide service, officials said, and is negotiating with Verizon as a possible third-party provider.

Fraser said that the overall cost of the program will depend on the scope of development, but he pointed out that the city will pay 30 dollars per unit per month to provide free services to residents of NYCHA.

The “Big Apple Connect” program has now expanded to 100 sites.

Ciprian Noel, president of the Asociación de Inquilinos de Langston Hughes Houses, said that the free Internet program helps him to connect with his two children who attend the university outside of New York, and also reduces his expenses.

“Tengo dos hijos en la universidad. Soy padre soltero. Tengo un solo ingreso en mi hogar”, said Noel.

“Esto es una factura, que marca $0.00 dolares”, he pointed out, brandishing his monthly Internet invoice in la rueda de prensa. “This program is very good.”

The housing director, Jessica Katz, referred to NYCHA as “the mayor and largest affordable housing resource” of the city of New York.

“During decades, we have let them fall apart. So, little by little, we have been working very hard to get things for NYCHA and try to rebuild trust with NYCHA residents and physically rebuild the buildings themselves, as well as connectivity between NYCHA residents and the rest of the city. de Nueva York”, he said. “Today is a really important step towards that”.

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