Biden Administration requests $6 billion to protect rural access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet
According to Tom Perez, Senior Advisor to the President, more Americans are enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program than those receiving SNAP benefits.
A rural internet subsidy program could soon be phased out, putting 23 million households at risk of losing internet access.
Back in October, the Biden Administration requested $6 billion in additional funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program. The subsidy helps reduce the cost of high-speed internet to just $75 a month. Tom Perez, Senior Advisor to the President, shared some insight on the depth of the program:
The Federal Communications Commission says they are no longer accepting new enrollments in the program due to the possibility of losing funding. The commission shares how affordable, reliable internet is critical for rural Americans:
Perez says the Biden Administration is pushing for $90 billion in the Investing in America Agenda to provide all Americans access to high-speed internet by the end of the decade.