Feb 14, 2022 - Technology

Federal internet program reaches 10 million households

Illustration of piggy bank tied up in ethernet cable

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

A program meant to lower internet service cost for Americans has connected more than 10 million households, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The Affordable Connectivity Program is the largest federal program aimed at helping low-income Americans afford service by offering a $30 monthly discount.

What's happening: The ACP is a $14.2 billion program created in the infrastructure law as the successor to a previous broadband benefit that provided $50 a month to help families pay for internet service during the pandemic.

  • The prior program began in May, and connected more than 9 million households by the end of the year.
  • The ACP lowered the monthly benefit to $30 a month, which is available to people who are on some federal assistance programs or receive Pell Grants, among other criteria.

What they're saying: At an event at the White House, Vice President Kamala Harris, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, and Mitch Landrieu, Infrastructure Act implementation coordinator, spoke about the importance of the program.

  • One in four households are eligible, Harris noted.
  • "Every person in our nation and every parent, no matter how much they earn, should be able to access high-speed broadband internet," Harris said.
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