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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