High-speed, low-cost internet service ($20/mo.) coming to affordable housing units in Newark, thanks to Andrena | ROI-NJ

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and officials from the Newark Housing Authority, Newark Fiber and internet service provider Andrena announced Thursday a partnership to provide affordable high-speed internet connectivity to more than 1,600 units in 14 NHA buildings.

The collaboration has so far connected 150 individual residences that have adopted the new, affordable Andrena option, which costs just $20 a month — compared with an average rate of $75 a month. This will save Newark residents as much as $700 a year.

Even more, the hookups have created job opportunities for local residents.

To advance the project quickly, Andrena joined with local telecom companies, including Black-owned and Newark-based Teknogrid, that trained and hired city residents for cable installation.