Monday, May 9, 2022
Benton Applauds Efforts to Make Broadband More Affordable
Earlier today, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced that they have secured private sector commitments that will lower high-speed internet costs for millions of American families. The following statement may be attributed to Benton Institute for Broadband & Society Executive Director Adrianne B. Furniss:
“As Vice President Harris said today, ‘Everyone in the U.S. should be able to afford broadband access.’ Today’s White House announcement will improve affordable access for low-income families. In addition, the work supported by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue Plan that will be done in the States should ensure that affordable, robust broadband networks reach every address in the country. The commitments secured by the White House from 20 leading internet providers covering 80% of the U.S. population to either increase speeds or cut prices to make sure that ACP-eligible households get high-quality, affordable internet are small steps to the U.S. realizing full digital equity. We have a long way to go, but it is critical that the Administration continues to lead on ensuring that broadband is truly universal.”
The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people in the U.S. have access to competitive, High-Performance Broadband regardless of where they live or who they are. We believe communication policy - rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity - has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities.
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