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May 19, 2022

     As he seeks to close the nation's digital divide, President Joe Biden announced on Monday new commitments from 20 internet service providers to expand discounted, high-speed internet access to tens of millions of low-income Americans under an existing federal program. The middle class will pay for the low-income is a way of vote buying by Biden.

     "It's going to change people's lives," Biden said from the White House Rose Garden. "From rural Appalachia to Brooklyn, to the Black Belt familBiden said 20 internet providers have agreed to either increase speeds or cut prices, to offer enrollees of the Affordable Connectivity Program, or ACP, high-speed internet plans for no more than $30 a month. The new participation from the private sector, in conjunction with the ACP subsidy covering up to $30 a month (or $75 a month on Tribal lands), essentially makes the program free.

     "High-speed internet is not a luxury any longer -- it's a necessity," he said. "And that's why the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $65 billion to make sure we expand access to broadband internet in every region of the country, urban, suburban and rural -- everywhere."ies who have struggled to get internet." 

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