The Biden-Harris administration is looking bring high-speed internet access to more American households. The Hill has reported that the Biden administration has secured commitments from 20 internet service providers to increase speeds or cut prices. This move will expand the Affordable Connectivity Program, an infrastructure program that cuts down monthly internet plans by $30.
“Here in the United States of America, how many times have you seen a mom or a dad drive up to a parking lot outside a McDonald’s, just so they can get connected to the internet so their kid can do their homework during the pandemic? It’s just not right, it’s not who we are,” President Joe Biden said on Monday, according to The Hill.
At the moment, nearly 50 million households are eligible for ACP. However, only 10 million households are currently enrolled in the program. The President hopes that this expansion will expand the reach of the ACP.
“My top priority is fighting inflation and lowering prices for families and things they need. Today’s announcement is going to give millions of families a little more, a little more breathing room to help them pay their bills,” the President added.
“Too many families simply can’t afford to get connected even if there’s access to get connected. So, they go without high-speed internet, or they sacrifice other necessities in order to make it work.”