What is considered high-speed internet?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines high-speed broadband as 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download speed and 3 Mbps for uploads. All of a company’s internet plans that meet the FCC standard will be eligible for the subsidy. The Affordable Connectivity Program will continue until its money runs out.
Why is high-speed internet important for rural America?
Access to high-speed internet is vital for a diverse set of industries, including agricultural production, manufacturing, mining, and forestry and acts as a catalyst for rural prosperity by enabling efficient, modern communications between rural American households, schools, and healthcare centers as well as markets and customers around the world.
Government offers discounts for high-speed internet. Here’s who’s eligible and how to sign up
- The Emergency Broadband Benefit, a Federal Communications Commission program, is taking applications to cover high-speed internet for low-income Americans.
- Eligible households may receive a $50 discount on monthly internet bills, with an increase to $75 for those in tribal areas.
- The program also provides a $100 subsidy for laptops, desktop computers and tablets.