Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed a bill to provide affordable, high-speed internet to low-income families.READ MORE: AMBER Alert Canceled After Infant Chinna Payne Recovered
It requires internet providers to offer a monthly plan for $15. The average cost of a basic, high-speed plan is about $50.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting: Manhunt For Alleged Gunman Farrakhan Muhammad Continues; Tourists Worry, But Mayor Says City 'Overwhelmingly Safe'
“And these internet packages are often very, very expensive because they bundle it with TV, and with this, and it can be hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars per year,” Cuomo said.
Those who qualify under the bill include households receiving assistance from nutrition programs, Medicaid benefits, or senior citizen and disability rent increase exemptions.