Funds available to help low-income families pay for internet

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York has launched an initiative encouraging low-income families to sign up for a new internet service program.

The federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program gives discounts of about $30 a month toward internet services, and a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Office says on average, New Yorkers spend more than $60 a month on the internet, and the pandemic has shown how essential the service is.

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