Broadband internet provider Starry announced this week a
partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles to expand its
affordable internet service to over 600 households.
The Starry Connect Initiative is a program offering low-cost
broadband access to residents for only $15 per month, through partnerships with
public and affordable housing organizations. Starry Connect provides 30 mbps
symmetrical speeds, all in-home WiFi equipment and installation, and
personalized customer care to all its subscribers without requiring a long-term
contract, pre-qualification, credit checks, or other complex eligibility
criteria that are common requirements of other affordable access plans.
“The availability of affordable broadband access is critical
to ensuring that all of our communities can fully participate in our economy
and in broader civic life. However, an uncompetitive broadband market has
created communities of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ – leaving behind too many
families that are unconnected and unable to benefit from our growing digital
economy,” said Starry co-founder and CEO Chet Kanojia. “At Starry,
our goal is to break the broadband monopoly, using our technology to provide a
high-quality, affordable broadband experience that helps move communities
forward – not hold them back. We’re thrilled to partner with HACLA to expand
our Connect program to their residents and look forward to continuing to
collaborate together to bring affordable internet access to more families
across Los Angeles.”
Starry knows that access to high quality broadband is
essential for education, communication, and personal and professional
development. The company is making access to its affordable internet a
priority and helping to close the gap for the 45% of low income families in
California who currently don’t have internet access.
“The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles thrives
through partnerships with forward thinking organizations like Starry and we’re
so excited about this collaboration. We live in a society where access to the
Internet is less of a luxury and more of a necessity. The inability to connect
online can be detrimental in this day and age and our residents are often among
those hit hardest by this reality,” said HACLA CEO Doug Guthrie.
Starry Internet is available in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Washington, DC and Denver, with an expansion roadmap that will cover more than 30 million U.S. households. Learn more here.
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