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Bellamy proposes low-cost internet for public housing
The Daily Progress Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 9 p.m.

Residents of Charlottesville’s public housing soon may be able to buy high-speed fiber optic internet service at one-ninth of the cost the provider charges other household customers.

After months of initial conversations, the city is now considering whether to allocate $150,400 to subsidize installation and hardware costs. If the plan is approved, public-housing residents will pay only $10 a month for the “crazy fast fiber internet” service Ting touts in its promotions.

“I think it’s a phenomenal deal, especially when we talk about building equity and closing the digital divide while making sure that everyone has the opportunity to be as successful as possible,” City Councilor Wes Bellamy said.

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