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The White House Set to Provide Free Internet for for Low-income American Families

At least twenty internet service providers have agreed to provide discounted service to low-income clients, a move that will allow millions of households to receive access to the internet for free thanks to an existing federal subsidy, according to the Biden administration.

Thirty-dollar monthly subsidies on internet service for low-income households were part of the $1 trillion infrastructure package approved by Congress last year, receiving $14.2 billion of that total.

As a result of the new promise from Internet providers, Internet service will be fully paid for by the government subsidies if it is signed up with one of the participating providers, making it available to around 48 million households.

Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal included providing high-speed internet connection to rural and low-income areas. To help those who couldn’t afford reliable internet access for their children, as the coronavirus epidemic raged on, he constantly spoke out about the challenges they faced.

At a White House event organized to honor the National Teacher of the Year last month, President Obama said, “If we didn’t know it before, we do now.”

According to the White House, the 20 internet service providers who have agreed to lower their rates for qualified customers serve 80% of the US population, including 50% of the rural population. Participating businesses on tribal land charge $75 a month for services, which is the same subsidy the federal government provides.

President Trump will meet with telecom executives and members of Congress on Monday as part of an effort to expand access to high-speed internet for low-income homes.

You can get service from a variety of companies such as Allo, AltaFiber, and Altice USA (Optimum and Suddenlink), Asurion, Breezeline Fiber, Cox Communications, Frontier IdeaTek, and Cox Communications Jackson Energy Authority. Internet, cable, and television…

Subsidies are available to people in the United States with incomes of up to or less than double of the federal poverty level, or who are beneficiaries of various government assistance programs like or Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit (ACP) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA).

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