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The Biden Administration summoned the governors of the different states and other leaders to join the process of application for funds for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) contained in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Plan) approved in the federal Congress.
As part of the first actions to execute the plan, the president Joe Biden and his team will free up about $45 billion for the initiative that seeks to ensure that all residents of the United States have broadband internet by 2028 at affordable prices, and, in some cases, for free.
Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, who leads the distribution effortscompared this universal access program to that of the electrification of rural areas in the United States in the 1930s.
“There are more than 30 million Americans who do not have internetRaimondo was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. “And in this time, if you don’t have high-speed internet, you can’t go to school, you can’t go to the doctor, you can’t do simple things. Think of all the times you Google something or go online,” the official said.
The funds to be distributed are part of the $65 billion infrastructure plan package that the president signed into law last November.
As part of his efforts to promote the program, Raimondo will soon travel to Durham, North Carolina.
From there, it will report on the procedures that the officials of the different states must follow to request the funds, coming from three programs that total $45,000 million.
The idea is that each state gets about $5 million for the resident orientation process and to put the plan in writing.
The money can be used in different ways, depending on the needs of each demarcation.
The states to which the money is approved could invest it in the laying of fiber optic cable, establishment of Wi-Fi access points or to reduce the monthly charges for the service.
The Biden Administration announced Monday a subsidy of $30 per month for low-income households to obtain the service from Internet. In some cases, states may use funds from these programs to offer free service to eligible individuals.
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