Nearly 99% of New York state households have broadband-speed internet service available in their neighborhoods, yet more than 1 million families lack subscriptions, according to a new report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
The findings are the latest highlighting how the cost of adequate broadband service—averaging $50 monthly—has driven a gap between wealthy and low-income families in internet access, often called the digital divide. Government officials at all levels have spent the past year prodding the private sector to expand access, as speedy internet has become a necessity for schooling and the many jobs that have shifted to remote work.
In New York City, just .4% of the
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