The United States government has reached agreements with 20 major telecommunications companies to reduce costs or increase Internet broadband speeds for tens of millions of eligible households, the White House announced Monday.
The “Affordable Connectivity Program” (ACP) requires Internet service providers who have signed up to offer eligible families “high-speed, high-quality Internet plans” for no more than $ 30 per month, the company said. administration in a note.
“Lowering prices – including the cost of high-speed Internet service – is President (Joe) Biden’s top priority,” reads the statement, adding that the new program was part of the approved bipartisan infrastructure law. since Congress last year.
Families are eligible for the program if their income is less than twice the US federal poverty level or if they already qualify for some other federal poverty reduction programs such as Medicaid or nutrition assistance.
The federal poverty level for a family of four in 2022 is $ 27,750 per year.
The Biden administration estimates that more than 48 million families will qualify for the program, with more than 11.5 million families already enrolled, the statement said.
Additionally, eligible families can receive a discount of up to $ 30 per month on any Internet service plan offered by a participating provider, with families in Native American tribal lands being eligible for discounts of up to $ 75 per month.
Several major US telecommunications companies have been among those who have signed up to offer services through the new program, including Comcast, AT&T, Spectrum, Verizon and Cox Communications.
“We have been working on digital equity issues for over a decade and believe this new program offers even more support to achieve those goals,” said David N. Watson, chief executive officer and president of Comcast Cable, in a statement.