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$15-a-month internet law on hold in New York, judge rules


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) --A judge ruled on Friday that New York cannot require internet providers to offer broadband service for low-income customers for as little as $15-a-month starting next week.

The low-income broadband consumers law passed in the state budget in April, and allowed the state's attorney general to issue penalties up to $1,000 per violation from providers.

U.S. District Court Senior District Judge Denis R. Hurley, of the Eastern District of New York, said the internet providers have shown that they could suffer "imminent irreparable injury" because of the law's potential impact on their wallets.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's spokesperson Rich Azzopardi said that New York will keep defending the law.

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