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NYC to Offer Free Broadband to 300,000 Public Housing Residents

A technician fixes a problem with a cable on an internet router. 

A technician fixes a problem with a cable on an internet router. 

Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg 

New York City is partnering with Charter Communications Inc. and Altice USA Inc. to provide free high-speed internet and basic cable TV service to about 300,000 residents of public housing. 

Called “Big Apple Connect,” the program aims to bridge the digital divide between wealthier residents and lower-income people who lack the tools necessary for remote learning, access to health care and job opportunities, city officials said. An estimated 30% to 40% of people who live in buildings run by the New York City Housing Authority lack broadband, according to the cable providers.