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Cable companies to offer effectively free internet to low-income homes

According to a White House press statement issued Monday, the Biden administration received agreements from 20 internet service providers to either lower pricing or enhance speeds to benefit low-income people.

According to the White House, the revelation means that tens of millions of families could receive free high-speed internet. Low-income households who qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which was authorized by Congress, can receive up to $30 off their monthly internet fees. Participants will be able to receive internet service effectively for free because the ISPs that made the commitment to the White House agreed to offer high-speed internet plans to ACP homes for no more than that sum.

According to the White House, the agreements come from firms such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast (parent company of CNBC owner NBCUniversal). In total, the participating ISPs provide high-speed internet access to more than 80% of the US population and nearly 50% of rural populations.

As per the White House, a high-speed plan ought to provide download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second everywhere the ISP’s equipment is sufficient of doing so.

According to the White House, Verizon reduced the cost of its Fios service from $39.99 per month to $30 per month under the program in order to provide upload and download speeds of at least 200 megabits per second. Spectrum increased the download speed of its $30 per month plan for ACP participants from 50 to 100 megabits per second.

The administration also developed GetInternet.gov to help consumers sign up for ACP and locate local providers who participate in the program. It also intends to reach out to qualifying households via other government aid programs, such as Pell Grants or Medicaid.

Cable television was first in the United States in 1948. By 1989, 53 million US households had subscribed to cable television, with 60 percent of all US households doing so by 1992. with According to SNL Kagan data, around 58.4 percent of all American homes subscribed to basic cable television services in 2006. [needs to be updated] The majority of cable television viewers in the United States live in the suburbs and are middle-class; cable television is less frequent in low-income, urban, and rural areas.

Traditional cable television subscriptions in the United States peaked in the year 2000, according to Federal Communications Commission data, with 68.5 million overall subscriptions. Cable subscriptions have been steadily declining since then, with 54.4 million subscribers as of December 2013. Some telephone service companies have begun to offer television, and as of December 2013, there were 11.3 million video subscribers.

 

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