Biden admin strikes deal to provide ‘free’ internet plans to low-income households

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President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday reached an agreement with 20 US internet service providers to provide free internet access to Americans living in low-income areas.

ISPs like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and others have agreed to provide “high-speed” Internet access for $30 a month. The Biden administration also announced a federal subsidy for low-income households that will pay up to $30 for internet access, making the plan free for eligible households.

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WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 3: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris laughs after answering a question from the press after speaking at a High Speed ​​Internet Access event in the South Court Auditorium at the White House on June 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Americans can apply for access to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) on a new government website launched Monday.

Americans are eligible for the program if their income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. They may also be eligible if someone in their household uses one of many other federal programs, such as Medicaid, SNAP food stamps or a veterans pension, according to the White House.

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The ACP plan allows download speeds of 100 megabits per second, but specifies that these speeds will only be available where “the provider’s infrastructure is capable of them”.

“The Biden-Harris administration appreciates the efforts of these companies and encourages other internet service providers to join this effort to bridge the digital divide by offering high-speed, low-cost plans,” the House said. White in a press release.

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