Biden Administration Takes Next Step to Ensure Millions Have Access to Affordable Internet
On Monday, May 9 President Joe Biden's administration announced that it had commitments from more than 20 internet service providers, including AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Cox, and Verizon, to lower prices or increase internet speeds for millions of Americans as part of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This new commitment will bring high-speed internet (minimum 100 mbps) into millions of eligible* Americans' homes free of charge.
Since May of 2021 more than 11.7 million households have signed up for ACP, initially launched as the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), including thousands of LGBTQ+ individuals. During the launch of EBB LGBT Tech hosted an informational webinar, created a resources webpage, and executed an outreach plan to educate our many PowerOn centers and social media followers about the benefits available to their clients.
Christopher Wood, LGBT Tech's executive director, was invited to the White House for Monday's event regarding this announcement. "As part of our advocacy through LGBT Tech, connecting with LGBTQ+ individuals who are enrolled in ACP has underscored the importance of this federal program for all Americans but especially those part of marginalized communities," said Wood. "Today we've achieved a milestone in ensuring equitable access to the internet for millions which in turn provides equitable access to the resources needed to further education, access to jobs, ability to obtain healthcare and so much more that many take for granted. It was truly an honor to have the opportunity to speak with the President and Chairwoman Rosenworcel about this monumental achievement."
Households can qualify for ACP benefits based on their income or through their participation in several federal programs, like Pell Grants, Medicaid, or Supplemental Security Income. Many of these agencies will be reaching out to qualifying households with more information on how to apply.
*To learn more about the ACP, including if your household is eligible to receive a monthly discount on internet service, visit lgbttech.org/acp, or call (877) 384-2575.