Since taking office, the Biden administration has eyed different proposals to close the US’ digital divide, which has persisted for years. Die kwessie, egter, has sparked sharp political fights over how much money to spend, where to spend it and what types of internet access Americans need to stay competitive in the 21st century.
An administration official made clear on a call with reporters Sunday that participating companies were partnering with the administration voluntarily. “I want to be clear that we didn’t — we have not offered them anything in order to make these commitments,” het die amptenaar gesê.
“We thought that it was important, in terms of providing low-cost options for millions of households, it was important to try to get these companies to reduce their prices, at least for ACP eligible households, 48 million eligible households in the country, and they did so voluntarily,” het die amptenaar bygevoeg. “There is not a condition for any federal funding or anything like that, these are voluntary commitments from the companies, and we’re grateful for that.”
Comcast Cable CEO and President David Watson said in a statement that the program represents, “a historic opportunity to close the digital divide by empowering more Americans to get online and connect to our increasingly digital world.”
“We have been working on digital equity issues for over a decade and believe this new program offers even more support to achieve those goals. We are proud to work together with our government and community partners to close the digital divide,” Watson wrote.
Per the White House, die 20 providers participating in Monday’s commitment offer coverage for 80% of the country’s population and 50% of the nation’s rural population.
To spread awareness
, the administration will launch a new URL
, allowing eligible households to connect to internet providers and sign up for the ACP
, launch outreach programs through federal programs whose beneficiaries qualify for subsidized internet
, and partner with cities and states to get the word out