US govt secures commitments from 20 ISPs to reduce costs, increase speeds

10 May 2022

In an official statement issued by the White House, President Biden and Vice President Harris have announced that they have secured private sector commitments that will lower fixed broadband costs for millions of American families. The statement explains: ‘The Biden-Harris Administration has secured commitments from 20 leading internet providers – covering more than 80% of the US population across urban, suburban, and rural areas – to either increase speeds or cut prices, making sure they all offer Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)-eligible households high speed, high-quality internet plans for no more than USD30 per month … From large providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon serving dozens of states, to smaller providers serving rural areas like Jackson Energy Authority in Tennessee and Comporium in North Carolina, the commitments will allow tens of millions of ACP-eligible households to receive high speed internet at no cost.’

The full list of companies includes: Allo Communications; AltaFiber (formerly Cincinnati Bell, including Hawaiian Telecom); Altice USA (Optimum and Suddenlink); Astound Broadband; AT&T Communications; Breezeline (formerly Atlantic Broadband); Comcast; Comporium; Frontier Communications; IdeaTek; Cox Communications; Jackson Energy Authority; Mediacom; MLGC; Charter Communications (Spectrum); Starry; Verizon Communications; Vermont Telephone Company; Vexus Fiber; and Wide Open West (WOW!).