New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

By Shivani Vora

Architectural Digest TECHNOLOGYFree Internet Could Soon Be Coming to Every New York City Home by By Shivani Vora

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Free Internet Could Soon Be Coming to Every New York City Home

Internet, Kallos believes, needs to be a utility in the same way that electricity, heat, hot water, and phone service are. Landlords who can’t afford to provide it can apply for aid, although he says that they’re looking at an investment that starts as low as $14.95 a month to buy internet in bulk.

The digital gap among New Yorkers and the need for internet became glaring during the pandemic. With remote work and schooling as a way of life and Zoom as a mainstay, New Yorkers who had to live without it faced roadblock after roadblock: Students couldn’t keep up with school, and employees couldn’t do their jobs. Kallos’s proposal is the first of its kind, according to Shaun Pappas, a real estate lawyer at Starr Associates in New York.

Lowincome developments such as these in Manhattans Lower East Side would benefit from the legislation.