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Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, Starry Internet CEO Chet Kanojia, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Alex Wong/Getty Images, and Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)
Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, Starry Internet CEO Chet Kanojia, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Alex Wong/Getty Images, and Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)

The City of Los Angeles and Microsoft have partnered up to provide free internet services for six months to thousands of South L.A. public housing residents.

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the collaboration with service provider Starry Internet, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Roughly 6,000 residents will benefit from the program, an extension of an existing program.

Starry Internet — Related Companies is a minority investor — began providing free internet to residents at Mar Vista public housing in June, and has committed to offering service through the end of the year.

Microsoft is now providing grant funding to expand that to four more L.A. Housing Authority complexes in Watts — Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs, Imperial Courts, and Pueblo del

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Nearly 9,000 residents of public housing in Los Angeles will receive free broadband internet access for the rest of the 2020-21 school year as part of a new partnership between the city, Microsoft, and the start-up internet service provider Starry. <span class="copyright">(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Nearly 9,000 residents of public housing in Los Angeles will receive free broadband internet access for the rest of the 2020-21 school year as part of a new partnership between the city, Microsoft, and the start-up internet service provider Starry. (Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)

Nearly 9,000 residents of public housing in Los Angeles will receive free broadband internet access for the rest of the 2020-21 school year as part of a new partnership between the city, Microsoft, and the startup internet service provider Starry.

Starting in early November, residents of the Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens and Imperial Courts housing projects in Watts and the Pueblo del Rio complex in Central Alameda will be able to sign up for the service. They join residents of the Mar Vista Gardens, who have had access since August.

The new partnership comes as L.A. schoolchildren settle into another month of remote learning,

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