Low-income families will now have high-speed Internet at affordable prices

DORAL, FL – High-speed Internet at lower rates will now become a reality for millions of people across the United States who may qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Under this new initiative, to be formally announced Monday afternoon by President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as many as 48 million families will pay no more than $30 a month or $75 a month on tribal lands for their Internet connection thanks to twenty service providers that agreed to cut prices and boost speeds.

“From large providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon serving dozens of states, to smaller providers serving rural areas like Jackson Energy Authority in Tennessee and Comporium in North Carolina, the commitments will allow tens of millions of ACP-eligible households to receive high-speed internet at no cost,” the White House said.

Eligible households include those whose incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and people who participate in government programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Pell Grants and Federal Public Housing Assistance, among others.

Those interested in signing up for this program, which was created by the infrastructure law Biden signed last year, can click in this website where they can also learn if they qualify.

In addition to this, agencies who run the qualifying government programs will be contacting recipients to let them about their eligibility, as well as states and cities like Arizona, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York City and Philadelphia that plan to text eligible people, according to The White House.

The target speed of at least 100 megabits per second, which is what the government considers fast enough, is meant to help households in work, entertainment and school activities.

“That’s fast enough for a typical family of four to work from home, do schoolwork, browse the web, and stream high-definition shows and movies,” the White House said. “In addition, the administration asked providers to offer such plans with no fees and no data caps.”

 

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