The Biden administration has set a limit on the cost of internet access for low-income Americans
The Biden administration has set a limit on the cost of internet access for low-income Americans: The Biden administration said on Monday that it will work with internet service providers to reduce the cost of high-speed internet subscriptions for low-income Americans.
The Affordable Connectivity Program will offer plans with speeds of at least 100 Megabytes per second for no more than $30. It is expected that 48 million Americans will be eligible.
“High-speed internet access is no longer a luxury — it’s a must,” the White House said. “However, too many households are unable to afford high-speed internet and must forego other necessities in order to make their monthly internet service fees.”
Twenty internet service providers have committed, including global corporations like City Communications, Comcast, and Verizon, as well as regional ones like Hawaiian Telecom and Jackson Energy Authority in Tennessee.
Americans may check their eligibility and join up for the program at www.getinternet.gov. Those who earn Pell Grants, Medicaid, or SNAP may be eligible.
The agencies in charge of these programs will contact benefit recipients to determine whether homes are eligible for the ACP. Notifications from local or state authorities may also be sent to eligible homes.
The Biden administration has set a limit on the cost of internet access for low-income Americans. Outreach and enrolment will also be assisted by organizations such as United Way and Goodwill.
“Connectivity is critical,” said Daniel Friesen, chief innovation officer of IdeaTek, a Kansas-based Internet service provider. “Our aim for Internet freedom means we think that everyone, regardless of income, should have access to fast, reliable Internet and the opportunities it affords.”
According to Census data, 85 percent of American homes have access to broadband Internet in 2018, with rates being lower in rural locations.