WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden says 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service to people with low incomes.
The program announced Monday at a Rose Garden event at the White House could effectively make tens of millions of households eligible for free service.
The $1 trillion infrastructure package passed by Congress last year included funding that provided $30 monthly subsidies on internet service for millions of lower-income households – $75 in tribal areas.
Some 48 million households will be eligible for $30 monthly plans for service at least 100 megabits per second.
Biden says high-speed internet access is a necessity, not a luxury.