President on Monday cheered a program that relies on subsidies and pledges by telecomm providers to make high-speed internet free or relatively cheap for millions of Americans – comparing it to key innovations of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
‘You know, the need for high-speed internet is a little bit like – we used to be, probably with my grandfather talked about, you need to have a telephone,’ Biden told a group of officials and internet service providers in the Rose Garden.
‘It’s pretty consequential and only going to keep growing, this need.High speed internet is not a luxury any longer. It’s a necessity,’ said Biden.
Biden, 79, spoke of the ways on-online connections were critical at the start of the pandemic, allowing small businesses to stay afloat and children to maintain at least a connection to their schools.
‘High speed internet is not a luxury any longer,’ President Joe Biden said at the White House Monday
‘Allowing seniors to connect with their doctors through telemedicine when it wasn’t safe to go in person. Allowing students to keep learning back when schools were closed.Allowing millions of workers to do their jobs remotely,’ Biden said.
Biden said about 30 million people are eligible for the program ‘that basically gets free Internet.’
He thanked Vice President Kamala Harris for ‘leading this effort,’ and called out company execs by name during a sunny event at the White House that featured an eight-piece military band.
‘Is ATT here?Thank you, man,’ Biden said.
He encouraged guests to ‘stick around and sunbathe’ after a rainy weekend. But he wouldn’t use shorthand for the Affordable Connectivity Program.
‘I refuse to call it the ACP.I am so tired of acronyms in Washington, I can’t stand it,’ said Biden said to laughs.
Biden thanked Vice President Kamala Harris for ‘leading this effort’
Alicia Jones, a beneficiary of the Affordable Connectivity program, also spoke at the event
Moments earlier, Harris had earned a chuckle by saying the program was ‘also known here in DC as ACP.’
Harris told the story of a woman named Llulisa who benefited from the program and used the fast internet connection to keep up with classes.’She told me the [program] singlehandedly saved her junior year,’ said Harris.
Also speaking at the event was Alicia Jones, who benefitted from the program and says it helped her family’s education.
After enrolling and using the service during the pandemic, ‘One thing that remained consistent and reliable was our internet service,’ said Jones, putting her ahead of many Americans who have complained of encountering disruptions.
The Biden administration announced a plan to get high-speed internet to millions of Americans through subsidies and discounts agreed to by industry – putting work-from-home technology, plus educational and entertainment options into rural and low-income homes.
‘High-speed internet service is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity,’ the White House said in a fact sheet Monday announcing the program.
The funds come from the bipartisan infrastructure law that Biden is championing around the country.
The Biden administration announced on Monday that 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service to people with low incomes, a program that could effectively make tens of millions of households eligible for free service through an already existing federal subsidy.
The White House define’s ‘high speed’ as a program ‘that offers download speeds of at least 100 Megabits per second everywhere that the provider’s infrastructure is capable of it.’
‘High-speed internet service is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity,’ the White House said as it announced 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service to people with low incomes