Free internet services expanded for NYCHA residents Mas servicios gratuitos de Internet para los residentes de NYCHA – Manhattan Times News

Mas servicios gratuitos de Internet para los residents de NYCHA

Por Gregg McQueen

El alcalde Eric Adams announces the expansion of the program ‘Big Apple Connect’.

Servicio optimoma, sin costo alguno.

The municipal authorities have announced that, by the end of 2023, some 300,000 residents of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will have free access to high-speed Internet and basic services de televisión por cable.

The program “Big Apple Connect” was initially put to the test in eight urbanizations of NYCHA in the whole city and now it has expanded to 100 sites, said Mayor Eric Adams, making it the largest free band municipal program del país.

More than 200 NYCHA developments will have free Internet and cable access by the end of 2023, according to the city.

En una rueda de prensa celebrada el 19 de septiembre en Langston Hughes Houses, en Brooklyn, uno de los sitios piloto de Big Apple Connect, Adams pointed out that los residents de viviendas públicas han sufrido la falta de acceso a Internet de banda ancha.

“Internet no es un lujo, es una necesidad como la electricityidad y el gas”, said Adams. “Vimos durante la pandemia de Covid, la ausencia de servicio de Internet, que nuestros jóvenes no podían hacer su aprendizaje a distancia. Vimos que nuestros mayores no podían hacer telemedicina”.

“Durante demasiado tiempo, los residents de NYCHA han estado disconnectedos mientras que el resto de la ciudad ha estado connectado”, he said.

The expanded program will provide residents of NYCHA with a free package consisting of a high-speed Internet connection with modem and router, basic cable television service with a cable box and a remote control, and wifi access points las zonas comunes de sus edificios.

A finales de 2023, más de 200 urbanizaciones de NYCHA will have free access to the Internet and televisión por cable, dijo Adams.

The people who live in the urban areas of NYCHA who meet the necessary requirements will automatically be enrolled in the program and will only be billed for the additional services they decide to purchase directly.

The director of Technology, Matt Fraser, said that the free Internet program would increase equity for residents of the city.

“De lo que estamos hablando hoy aquí, no se trata sólo de WiFi gratuito. Se trata de desarrollo económico, de salud pública, de seguridad y de tener una oportunidad justa como cualquier otra persona que tiene dinero”, said Fraser. “Y en la vivienda pública, durante demasiado tiempo, ha estado en segundo plano respecto a otras, simplemente porque no tenía acceso a los resources”.

In addition to the Langston Hughes Houses, other pilot locations are the Mott Haven Houses and the Patterson Houses in the Bronx, and the Polo Grounds Towers in Harlem.

The city has signed three-year agreements with Optimum and Spectrum to provide service, the officials said, and is negotiating with Verizon as a possible third provider.

Fraser said that the overall cost of the program would depend on the scope of development, but he indicated that the city would pay 30 dollars per unit per month to provide free services to residents of NYCHA.

The “Big Apple Connect” program has now expanded to 100 sites.

Ciprian Noel, president of the Asociación de Inquilinos de Langston Hughes Houses, said that the free Internet program helps to connect with his two children who attend the university outside of New York, and also reduces his expenses.

“Tengo dos hijos en la universidad. Soy padre soltero. Tengo un solo ingreso en mi hogar”, said Noel.

“Esto es una factura, que marca $0.00 dolares”, he pointed out, mixing his internet monthly invoice with the rueda de prensa. “This program is very good”.

The Directora de Vivienda, Jessica Katz, referred to NYCHA as “the mayor and más grande recurso de vivienda affordable” in the city of New York.

“Durante decasas, hemos dejado que se desmorone. So, little by little, we have been working very hard to get things for NYCHA and try to rebuild trust with the residents of NYCHA and physically rebuild the buildings, as well as the connectivity between the residents of NYCHA and the rest of the city de Nueva York”, dijo. “Hoy es un paso really importante hacia eso”.

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