- President Joe Biden announced that internet providers will offer a discount rate for low income residents.
- The program could make tens of millions of households eligible for free service.
- Nearly 48 million homes will be eligible for low cost plans.
New benefit for millions in America. President Joe Biden announced Monday that 20 internet companies have agreed to offer discounted service to people with low incomes. It’s a program that could make millions of households eligible for free service through an existing federal subsidy.
The $1 trillion infrastructure package passed by Congress last year includes $14.2 billion in funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides grants of $30 per month ($75 in tribal areas) for internet service for millions of low-income households.
How much will the discount be?
With the new commitment from internet providers, about 48 million households will be eligible for $30 monthly plans for 100 megabits per second, or higher speed. The internet service will be fully paid with the government subsidy if they sign up with one of the providers participating in the program.
During his presidential campaign and with the promotion of the infrastructure bill, Biden has made the expansion of high-speed internet access for rural areas and low-income residents a priority, reported The Associated Press.
Who is eligible for low-cost internet?
The president has repeatedly spoken out about low-income families who struggled to find a reliable Wi-Fi connection so their children could participate in remote schooling and complete their homework at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“If we didn’t know it before, we know it now: High-speed internet is essential,” the Democratic president said during a White House event last month honoring the National Teacher of the Year. Filed Under: internet help.
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