Millions of low-income households benefit from free Internet access

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Free Internet is available to 48 million homes in the United States. Twenty major internet service providers will offer high-speed internet connections to low-income households.

The plan is part of a program funded by the infrastructure law passed last year. US President Joe Biden is expected to officially announce the deal on Monday.

About 11.5 million households have already signed up for the Affordable Connectivity Program. In total, about 48 million households are eligible for the program. Participants receive discounts of up to $30 per month on their Internet subscriptions, which means they have no fees.

Internet service providers, which include big companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, have agreed to offer speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and charge no additional fees.

Households are eligible for the program by meeting an income threshold or if they are already participating in other federal assistance programs.

The 20 companies that signed up represent just a fraction of the more than 1,300 companies participating in the Affordable Connectivity program.

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