UWS NYCHA Residents Get Free Internet, Cable

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A city initiative has expanded the delivery of free in-home internet and basic cable TV to NYCHA residents living on the Upper West Side.

The initiative, “Big Apple Connect,” spearheaded by New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Chief Technology Officer Matthew Fraser, announced the expansion of the program, which now includes 17 developments across all five boroughs, including the De Hostos Apartments at 201 West 93rd Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway).

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“Big Apple Connect” prioritizes New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments with limited or no subsidized broadband options and offers a comprehensive connectivity package. Residents will now receive in-home high-speed internet, a modem, a router, basic cable TV service with a cable box and remote control, and access to Wi-Fi hotspots in common areas. With the expansion, NYCHA residents will now be connected to high-speed internet within a year, offering them greater opportunities in education, work, and social interactions.

“Access to broadband is not a nice-to-have; it’s a must-have to participate in a 21st-century society that bridges the digital divide,” Mayor Adams said in a news release. The program expansion, including the De Hostos Apartments, reaches nine developments in Manhattan, seven in Brooklyn, and one in the Bronx, with around 30,000 additional city residents benefitting from free internet and cable.

The administration launched “Big Apple Connect” in September 2022, reaching over 90,000 households across 135 NYCHA developments with a promise to serve 200 sites by the end of 2023. The administration expanded eligibility for the program in March, making it available to an additional 40,000 households at 67 new locations, surpassing 100,000 household enrollments in June.


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