The White House announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with 20 internet providers, including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, to reduce subscription costs and guarantee broadband access to low-income households.
“The Biden-Harris administration has obtained commitments from the top 20 internet service providers, which cover 80% of the American population in urban, peri-urban and rural areas, either to increase their speeds or to lower their price“Said a press release. President Joe Biden and his vice-president Kamala Harris are to participate in the afternoon in Washington in a ceremony to formalize this agreement in the presence of leaders of major telecommunications groups. The commitments are part of the Biden administration’s sweeping $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. One component of this project aims to reduce the cost of internet subscription by up to $30 per month for tens of millions of Americans through subsidies.
According to the White House, eligible households will be able to benefit from very high speed access free of charge. More than 11.5 million of them have already applied to receive this aid, but the administration estimates that 48 million households could be eligible for it in total. Families eligible for the grant are those whose income is at least 200% below the federal poverty level or who have a member who already receives a government assistance program, such as Medicaid health insurance or SNAP food assistance. . The Biden administration has also launched a site, GetInternet.gov, detailing how to apply for the grant.