The White House just announced an arrangement that will provide low-cost high-speed internet to almost 48 million American households.
More people will have access to cheap internet thanks to a new agreement at the White House
Improving internet access, and specifically, connectivity in rural regions, was a crucial element of President Biden’s election platform, and it appears that the administration is keeping its promises.
The Biden administration will work with 20 of the country’s major internet firms to give rural communities with broadband internet at a far cheaper cost than before.
The White House and 20 of the country’s largest internet providers have reached an agreement. Up to 48 million households might get high-speed broadband internet, allowing for more remote work and education.
The agreement arrives as part of the existing Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). All the providers that are part of it will now guarantee access to monthly plans priced at just $30 for internet speeds of at least 100Mb/s. This means that those who are eligible for a $30 internet plan subsidy (or $75 in tribal communities) will be able to have access to the internet for free.
Although some of these areas already had broadband access, another thing that President Biden wanted to tackle was the pricing of these plans. Therefore, the ultimate goal was not just to grant Americans access to an internet connection with high speeds, but also to do so at an affordable rate.
Although over 10 million American families already took advantage of the ACP subsidies to lower their internet payments, for some areas, that was still not enough. Those who happen to live in those underserved areas with next to internet access still had to pay outrageous amounts of money for the little access they could get. For those families, the $30 subsidy wasn’t enough to make as big a difference as it should.
Hopefully, through the combination of the ACP subsidy and the new agreement with internet service providers (ISPs), many households will be able to receive reliable connectivity at little to no cost.
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