In short: The Biden administration said Monday it has received commitments from top 20 ISPs to effectively provide free high-speed connectivity to low-income households. We were told that participating ISPs cover over 80 percent of the US population.

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As part of Bipartisan Infrastructure Actthe administration created the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which will allow millions of households to cut their Internet costs to $30 a month (or $75 a month for those living on tribal lands) through a federal subsidy.

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To get the most out of program, the government has teamed up with leading providers willing to either increase speeds or lower prices to deliver at least 100 megabits per second of bandwidth for no more than $30 a month. Verizon, for example, has reduced the cost of its Fios 200 Mbps plan from $39.99 per month to $30 per month. Meanwhile, Spectrum has doubled the speed of its $30 plan to 100 Mbps.

The participating ISPs have also agreed to impose no additional fees or restrictions on data transfers.

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An estimated 48 million households will qualify for the ACP based on their income or participation in existing programs such as the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, or Lifeline. Full list qualification requirements can be found on the White House website.

Interested parties can contact their local ISP for details on how to register.

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