WASHINGTON, D.C. (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Biden Administration worked 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). Connect HERE to get internet.
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.
From large providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon serving dozens of states, to smaller providers serving rural areas like Jackson Energy Authority in Tennessee, the commitments will allow tens of millions of ACP-eligible households to receive high-speed internet at no cost.
High-speed internet service is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity. But too many families go without high-speed internet because of the cost or have to cut back on other essentials to make their monthly internet service payments.
Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris are announcing that they have secured private sector commitments that will lower high-speed internet costs for millions of American families.
* The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides eligible families $30/month off their internet bills.
* About 48 million families are eligible for the program—nearly 40% of households.
The Biden-Harris Administration has secured commitments from 20 internet providers to cut prices and increase speeds for millions of households enrolled in ACP.
* Some of the largest providers – like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast – as well as smaller providers serving specific regions and rural communities are included in this plan.
* These companies are cutting prices and increasing speeds to make sure ACP-eligible households can access high-speed, high-quality internet plans.
* As a result, ACP-eligible families can get high-speed internet at no cost when choosing one of these plans.
The Biden-Harris Administrations is also launching a comprehensive effort to make sure as many ACP-eligible households as possible take advantage of this new program:
* Launching GetInternet.gov, an easy-to-use website with details on how Americans can sign up for ACP and find participating internet providers in their area.
* Reaching out to eligible households through federal agencies, including households who qualify based on their income or through federal programs like Pell Grants, Medicaid, and more.
* Partnering with states and cities – like Michigan, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Mesa, Arizona, and New York City – to texts millions of eligible households.
* Collaborating with public interest organizations, including the United Way, Goodwill, Catholic Charities USA, and UnidosUS, who will train their national networks to conduct direct enrollment and outreach. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/16/2022-6AM)