Rural High-Speed Internet

Internet Providers Including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon Commit to Low-Income Broadband Program…

WASHINGTON—Twenty internet providers, including AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc., have agreed to help offer high-speed internet to millions of unconnected households through the bipartisan infrastructure law, Biden administration officials said.

About 11.5 million households have signed up for the monthly subsidy, according to the Federal Communications Commission, which oversees the subsidies. The aid is available to households whose income is 200% or less than federal poverty guidelines or for those that qualify for a government assistance program such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or a Federal Pell Grant.

A previous version set up by Congress in 2020 was called the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, which provided people with $50 a month. That has been replaced by the $30 subsidy and the prior program has been rolled into the current one. [I wonder if anyone in the Senate complained that poor folk would be watching porn if they had better internet?]

Officials estimated that there are about 48 million eligible households, which the administration is attempting to enroll in the program.