In an era where connectivity plays a pivotal role in various aspects of life, President Joe Biden has underlined the significance of high-speed internet as a necessity for all Americans. With an unwavering commitment to bridging the digital divide, he has pledged that every individual in the United States will have access to high-speed internet by the year 2030.
In today’s digital age, reliable and fast internet access is crucial for education, employment, healthcare, communication, and overall economic growth. Unfortunately, millions of Americans still lack access to adequate broadband services, especially in rural and underserved areas. This ‘digital divide’ has created a stark inequality, limiting opportunities and hindering progress for those without reliable internet connections.
On Monday, President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris unveiled a partnership with over a dozen U.S. internet service providers, emphasizing that high-speed internet access is ‘not a luxury’ but an essential requirement for all. Major providers such as AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and others have committed to offering high-speed internet at a cost of $30 per month. Additionally, the Biden administration announced a federal subsidy aimed at supporting low-income households, covering up to $30 of their internet expenses. This effectively makes the plan free for eligible households.
High-speed internet is not a luxury any longer, it is a necessity, 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, rural, everywhere.
Biden said in Press Conference.
The benefits of widespread high-speed internet access are manifold. In the realm of education, students will have equal access to online learning resources, enabling them to explore a vast array of knowledge and opportunities. Remote learning, which has become increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic, will become more accessible and effective, fostering a more equitable education system.