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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Consumers in low-income households can sign up for $50 off their internet service as part of a new federal program starting Wednesday.

Why it matters: The Emergency Broadband Benefit program is meant to help families afford high-speed internet connections needed for school and work.

Details: The $3.2 billion program provides up to $50 off a month for internet service or $75 off for households on Tribal lands.

  • The money will also cover a one-time discount of up to $100 to buy a laptop, desktop computer or tablet.
  • The monthly discount is applied directly to the consumer's bill, with 825 broadband providers participating in the program.

What's next: Eligible households can sign up by contacting their provider or going to www.getemergencybroadband.org.

  • Eligibility includes people who are at or below 135% of the federal poverty level or those participating in assistance programs including SNAP, Medicaid, Lifeline, relying on free or reduced price school meals or have received a federal Pell Grant.
  • People who lost income during the pandemic due to job loss or furlough also are eligible.

What to watch: How long the temporary program will last is unclear, as it will end when the money runs out.

  • Federal Communications Commission officials said providers will notify their customers at least 30 days before the funding runs out, and will get their consent before continuing service at a market rate.

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Verizon 4G mobile service availability near Crested Butte, Colorado.

The Federal Communications Commission released a new set of maps Friday showing mobile service coverage and availability as reported by the major wireless providers.

Why it matters: Billions of dollars are about to be spent on boosting broadband access for underserved Americans. The better the data that directs that spending is, the more effective the dollars will be.

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North Korea claims latest missile test new weapon launched from submarine

North Korean state media claims the country's military fired this missile on Tuesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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Manchin's massive means test

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.