Vice President Kamala Harris said Monday that 10 million households have signed up for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides low-income Americans with a subsidy to help pay for broadband service. The subsidy was made possible through the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Congress passed last year.
In remarks at the White House, Harris noted it was an important milestone as President Joe Biden and his administration work toward closing the digital divide and ensuring every American has access to high-speed, affordable broadband service.
Biden put Harris in charge of his initiative to close the digital divide last March, sending a signal that he viewed getting Americans access to affordable high-speed internet as a top priority.
“In the 21st century, high-speed internet isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity,” Harris said. “Our world has moved online, and that is why from day one, the president and I have fought to make it easier for everyone to access and afford high-speed Internet.”
Created through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Affordable Connectivity Program was allocated $14.2 billion to help low-income households afford high-speed internet. Households can apply for a $30 per month discount toward internet services; households on Tribal lands can receive up to $75 per month.
Those eligible can also receive a $100 discount towards the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer or tablet, so long as the family can contribute between $10 and $50 towards the overall price.
“When we connect families and workers, students and small business owners with high-speed internet, we connect them to opportunity,” Harris said Thursday. “The opportunity to work and learn remotely, to see a doctor online, to buy groceries through an app, to deposit a check without having to go to the bank.”
“In short, the opportunity to live healthier, happier, efficient and more prosperous lives,” she added.
Qualifying households can enroll in the Affordable Connectivity Program by visiting www.ACPbenefit.org or by calling (877) 384-2575 to request a mail-in application.