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Free And Low-Cost Internet Coming To Four Public Housing Communities

One of the many multi-family cinderblock apartment houses that make up the Imperial Courts public housing community. (Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles)
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Some 3,600 households in four Los Angeles public housing communities will get access to free wi-fi for six months under a new deal between the internet provider Starry, Microsoft and the city of Los Angeles. After the free six months is up, continuing service would cost $15 per month.

The Imperial Courts subsidized housing community in Watts is the first to be connected, with installations happening later this month. Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs and Pueblo del Rio will follow. The goal is that students will have free or low-cost internet to finish out the school year.

To qualify for the free service and $15 monthly subscription, there is no credit check, or eligibility requirement to prove a low income (like participation in SNAP food stamps, or reduced price or free school lunches). Anybody with an address at one of the four public housing communities can get the service.


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