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New program offers free internet service to 48 million households; see if you qualify

WASHINGTON - A new program launched by the Biden administration offers free internet service to some 48 million households in America.President Biden announced last week that 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service — $30 a month — to people with low incomes. Under the Affordable Connectivity Program, eligible Americans can receive $30 monthly subsidies, making internet service fully paid for with government assistance if they sign up with one of the participating providers.The 20 internet companies that have agreed to lower their rates provide service in areas where 80% of the U.S.

population, including 50% of the rural population, live, according to the White House. Participating companies that offer service on tribal lands are providing $75 rates in those areas, the equivalent of the federal government subsidy.Families of four earning about $55,000 annually are eligible.

About 40% of Americans will qualify, Biden said.MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - AUGUST 30: (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images) The $1 trillion infrastructure package passed by Congress last year included $14.2 billion in funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program. It provides $30 monthly subsidies ($75 in tribal areas) on internet service for millions of lower-income households.The 20 providers are:The White House has set up a website for people to see if they qualify.

If the website says you are eligible, you can apply for the benefit through the mail — or by contacting your existing internet provider if they are participating in the program.AdvertisementYou can learn more about how to apply on the Affordable Connectivity Program website. You can also call 877-384-2575.

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WASHINGTON - A new program launched by the Biden administration offers free internet service to some 48 million households in America.President Biden announced last week that 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service — $30 a month — to people with low incomes. Under the Affordable Connectivity Program, eligible Americans can receive $30 monthly subsidies, making internet service fully paid for with government assistance if they sign up with one of the participating providers.The 20 internet companies that have agreed to lower their rates provide service in areas where 80% of the U.S.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - MAY 26: Members of the United States Air Force Academy Class of 2021 salute during their graduation ceremony at Falcon Stadium on May 26, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) WASHINGTON - Three cadets at the U.S.

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