New York State just passed a law requiring ISPs to offer $15 broadband


Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / The Verge

Internet should become a lot more affordable in New York after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that requires all Internet Service Providers operating in New York state to offer a $15 a month broadband option for low-income consumers.

According to NY Assembly member Amy Paulin (via Bloomberg), the average price of broadband in New York is currently $50. This new bill caps the price at $15 for regular broadband and $20 for high-speed broadband, but only for those who qualify as low income. That’s still over 7 million people in 2.7 million households according to a press release from Cuomo’s office.

This is a remarkable move toward making broadband internet the affordable utility most people treat it as. Cuomo’s office told The Verge…

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