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Gov. Cuomo seeks cheaper, expanded broadband services

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(WBNG) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is trying to make it easier for New Yorkers to work from home.

He is proposing an affordable broadband program for low-income families, cutting the cost of high-speed internet down to $15 per month.

The state will require internet service providers to advertise the plan to communities that need it most. It is also part of the governor's plan to prepare for an increasingly online economy moving forward.

"We can come out stronger on the other side if we are ready to envision and anticipate the changing economy," Governor Cuomo said. "While we work to get as many businesses open as possible, we must also realize there will be a shift to remote business."

The state says it has invested almost $500 million to expand broadband access to 98% of New Yorkers.

The governor says this will long be needed after the pandemic.

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