May 16, 2022

Internet Access: “The FCC’s Affordable Broadband Program is Starting to Make a Dent”

From Protocol:

The White House is taking a victory lap over its efforts to close the digital divide, announcing Monday that 10 million households have signed up for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which was funded to the tune of $14.2 billion under the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The program, designed for low-income Americans, offers eligible households up to $30 off their monthly internet service, or up to $75 off for those living on tribal lands.

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But even with 10 million households enrolled, tens of millions of eligible households may still be left behind. According to Horrigan’s calculations, in 2021, there were 38 million households at or below 200% of the poverty level in the U.S., which would make them eligible for the program. That, he said, means “more elbow grease” needs to be applied in terms of outreach.

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See Also: Biden-Harris Administration Announces 10 Million Households Enroll in Broadband Affordability Program, Thanks to Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (via The White House)

See Also: New York Plans $1 Billion Broadband Expansion (via StateTech)

See Also: Internet ‘Father’ Vint Cerf: Some Broadband Funding Should Go to Cybersecurity (via Telecompetitor)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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