A program for cheaper internet for low-income Americans launches today – The Verge December 31, 2021

I saw this today on The Verge – A program for cheaper internet for low-income Americans launches today: https://www.theverge.com/2021/12/31/22861200/application-now-open-discounted-internet-bills-fcc-affordable-connectivity-program. Longer article. If you qualify, you can get $100 off laptop, desktop, or tablet.

By Justine Calma December 31, 2021

The FCC extended assistance that started during the pandemic

Starting today, eligible US residents can apply for help with their internet bills under the new Affordable Connectivity Program. The program launched today with $14.2 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure law passed in November.

Households can apply to take up to $30 a month off their internet service bill. For households on qualifying Tribal lands, the discount is up to $75 per month. The program could help to connect millions of people to the internet who haven’t had access to it at home, especially in communities that have historically faced more barriers to getting online.

Almost a third of people living on Tribal lands lacked high-speed internet at home in 2017, according to a report by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). That’s compared to just 1.5 percent of city-dwellers without high-speed internet access. On top of limited infrastructure, cost is often another barrier. The United States has the second-highest broadband costs out of 35 countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). And American Indian and Alaska Native people have the highest poverty rate of any race group in the US, according to the US Census Bureau.

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3 Responses to A program for cheaper internet for low-income Americans launches today – The Verge December 31, 2021

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Hopes this helps people

    Liked by 1 person

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