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Low-cost, high-speed broadcast Internet launching in Rochester

New low-cost, high-speed broadband Internet service is being launched in Rochester, Mayor Lovely Warren announced Thursday. (MGN Online photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - New low-cost, high-speed broadband Internet service is being launched in Rochester, Mayor Lovely Warren announced Thursday.

PowerMyLearning and Charter Communications announced Spectrum Internet Assist (SIA) would offer the service to eligible low-income household customers in Rochester.

Broadband speeds of 30/4 Mbps are being offered for $14.99 per month by SIA, according to Mayor Warren.

“Lowering the cost barrier to Internet access for families is essential if we are to close the digital divide and help them rise out of poverty,” said Mayor Warren. “Internet access is increasingly essential for students to do homework, for jobs seekers to research and apply for jobs, pay bills and remain connected with society."

To qualify for SIA, households must have students who participate in the National School Lunch Program, senior citizens ages 65 or older who receive SSI benefits, and/or have not had a Time Warner Cable/Charter/Bright House Networks subscription for broadband Internet within the last 30 days.

Ten free refurbished Home Learning Center computers will be donated to 10 local families in need, as well.

Any outstanding debt with Charter, Time Warner Cable or Bright House Networks from the previous 12 months must be cleared before a new account can be set up.

Anyone looking to enroll can call Spectrum Internet Assist at (844) 525-1574.

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