WASHINGTON, DC (WTAJ) — A recent announcement from the Biden administration will soon allow eligible families in Pennsylvania to access the internet at a lower cost.
Announced Monday, 20 different internet companies have agreed to offer discounted services to low-income families, a program that could make tens of millions of households eligible for free service through an already existing federal subsidy.
The $1 trillion infrastructure package passed by Congress last year included funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides monthly subsidies of $30 on internet service to millions of low-income households.
Providers consist of local, regional, and national providers, including a number of providers throughout Pennsylvania.
Internet service providers:
- Hello Communications
- AltaFiber (and Hawaiian Telecom)
- Altice USA (Optimum and Suddenlink)
- Breezeline (formerly Atlantic Broadband)
- Cox Communications
- Jackson Energy Authority
- Spectrum (chartered communications)
- Verizon (Fios only)
- Vermont Telephone Co.
- Vexus Fiber
- Wow! Internet, cable and television.
To learn more, see if you qualify and apply, you can follow the link to the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program by clicking here.
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U.S. households are eligible for grants through the Affordable Connectivity Program if their income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, or if a family member participates in one of several programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), and Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.