Cable Companies Must Offer Free Internet to Millions of Low-Income Homes under Affordable Connectivity Program

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The Biden-Harris Administration has announced that it has successfully secured commitments from over a dozen ISPs to cut prices and increase broadband speeds as part of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), an initiative meant to reduce internet service costs for millions of Americans and to bring high-speed internet into more lower-income households. These commitments will allow “tens of millions” of ACP-eligible households to get high-speed internet for free, according to a press released shared on the official White House website. AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are among the providers that have had to agree to the program.

As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the President and Vice President worked with Democrats and Republicans to create the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which allows tens of millions of American households to reduce their internet service costs by up to $30/month (or $75/month on Tribal lands). To ensure the most efficient use of those public dollars and to deliver maximum cost savings to families, the Biden-Harris Administration has secured commitments from 20 leading internet providers—covering more than 80% of the U.S. population across urban, suburban, and rural areas—to either increase speeds or cut prices, making sure they all offer ACP-eligible households high-speed, high-quality internet plans for no more than $30/month.

Source: The White House (via CNN)

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