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White House Says 20 Internet Companies Will Provide Free Internet To Millions Of Americans

By Michael Peres

The White House announced Monday that 20 leading internet service providers have agreed to offer affordable plans that will be free for millions of Americans. 

The discounted program is set to benefit people with low incomes. It’s projected that tens of millions of households will be eligible for the service underpinned by already existing federal subsidy. 

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission benefit that helps households afford the broadband services they need for work, school, healthcare and other purposes.

In addition, households on tribal lands are eligible for a discount of up to $75 per month on internet service. If eligible households contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price, they can receive a one-time discount of up to $100 when purchasing a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

“High-speed internet is not a luxury any longer. It's a necessity," Biden said at an event attended by representatives from participating companies and members of Congress.

These 20 companies, including AT&T, Frontier, Comcast, and Verizon cover more than 80% of the U.S. population. They will provide at least one plan that does not cost more than $30 a month and that provides download speeds of at least 100 Mbps.

“The Affordable Connectivity Program is a historic opportunity to close the digital divide by empowering more Americans to get online and connect to our increasingly digital world, “ said David N. Watson, Comcast’s CEO and president.

ACP benefits have been accessed by 11.5 million households thus far. Biden officials have moved to make the program permanent to help lessen the digital divide. The program was originally created as a relief measure following the Coronavirus pandemic.

Other companies on the list include; Allo Communications, AltaFiber, Altice USA, Astound, Breezeline, Comporium, IdeaTek, Cox Communications, Jackson Energy Authority, MediaCom, MLGC, Spectrum, Vermont Telephone Company, Vexus Fiber, and Wow! Internet, Cable, and TV.

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Dive Deeper:
White House says internet providers to discount fee for poor
The Biden administration says 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service to low-income Americans
Looking for free broadband in Southern California? Here's how to find it
Lower-income Americans now have more options for free high-speed internet access, including at least eight providers that serve Southern California,…
Internet access is no longer a luxury, so everyone’s got to get connected
The time is long past when the internet was just about wasting the day away on video games and social…
White House touts "free" internet service plans
Cost is a key factor in the digital divide.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
The Biden administration is capping the cost of internet for low-income Americans
Twenty internet providers, including national companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have committed to the program.
AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, others commit to low-income broadband program
Providers will help offer high-speed internet to millions of households under the infrastructure law
Get all your news in one place