The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that more than ten million households have enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program, which was launched on 31 December 2021. Eligible households can receive up to USD30 per month discount towards their internet service – a figure which increases to USD75 per month for households located on qualifying Tribal Lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to USD100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than USD10 and less than USD50 towards the purchase price.
FCC chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel commented: ‘No family should have to choose between paying for gas or groceries and their monthly internet bill, especially when a connection is essential for work, school, health care and more. But for far too many, the cost of internet service makes the connections we need for everyday life, out of reach.’