The White House promotes affordable Internet access with a new campaign

A child wears a face mask as they attend an online class at a learning hub inside the Crenshaw Family YMCA during the Covid-19 pandemic on February 17, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. - While many area schools remain closed for in-person classes, the learning hub program provides structured distance education resources including free WiFi, electricity, staff support, academic tutoring, and recreation activities to provide a safe environment to support low income and minority communities. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON/AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

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The White House announced Wednesday that it was launching a new program that will help more people, including families in the poorest sections of the country, to Internet access.

The Online for All campaign will include the Department of Education and national non-profit organizer Civic Nation, which will work with grassroots, government, business and media stakeholders to educate communities on how to access reliable and affordable high-speed Internet.

The White House said in a fact sheet that it hopes the new campaign will increase enrollment in the Affordable Connectivity Programwhich offers grants for families and qualified individuals to help pay for Internet service.

The Affordable Connectivity Program, administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), offers eligible households up to $30/month (or up to $75/month on qualifying tribal lands) off Internet bills, as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 off a laptop, desktop or tablet.

“Research indicates that approximately half of the remaining qualified Americans are unaware of the program,” The White House said in the statement. “Online Week of Action for All will bring together the federal government and more than 300 organizations to raise awareness and help eligible families enroll.”

More than 18.5 million households are now enrolled, saving a total of more than $500 million per month on their high-speed Internet bills.

"High-speed Internet access is no longer a luxury, it's a necessity to fully participate in today's society," the White House said of Your New Push for Internet Affordability. “Still, many students and families are left without high-speed internet due to cost, while others are forced to cut back on other essentials to pay their monthly internet bill.”

The Affordable Connectivity Program was created through the infrastructure law passed by Congress in 2021.

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