US President Joe Biden wants millions of families struggling to access free, high-speed Internet. “Fast internet is no longer a luxury, but a necessity,” says the White House. Signs agreements with 20 Internet providers, including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. They limit subscription costs for low-income families and guarantee faster internet. For many families, this means free internet.
In the United States, the government’s plan for affordable Internet connectivity has been running for some time. Under the Affordable Affiliate Program, low-income families can apply online for up to $ 30 a month. The internet connection speed of these families will now be increased and the discount on the bill will remain the same. 20 providers cover 80 percent of the U.S. population.
More than 11.5 million households have already applied for the grant, but according to Washington, 48 million households are eligible.
The White House also said that low life expectancy for families was one of Biden’s priorities. The United States is struggling with high inflation, which is putting increasing pressure on the Biden administration ahead of the November congressional elections.
Providers’ commitments are expected to be announced on Monday, during a press conference with top executives of major telecom companies.