A coalition of the 20 top internet service providers in the U.S. plan to join the Affordability Connectivity Program, a government program to offer broadband internet to millions of Americans. Based on qualifying income, the program will reimburse the cost of the service, making it free after the rebate for as much as 40% of the U.S. population, or 48 million homes.
As part of the program, the internet providers (including AT&T, Comcast, Cox, and Verizon) will provide at least one service plan that costs under $30 per month, with internet download speeds of at least 100 MBPS. Families with an income of under $55,000 would qualify for the $30 per month refund, as would those who are receiving aid through SNAP, Pell Grants, Medicaid or SSI.
To check qualification and sign up for the program, go to the new government website www.getinternet.gov.
"High-speed internet service is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity," the White House said in a statement. "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.BACK TO LIST