President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris announced on Monday an agreement between the federal government and several internet service providers to bring high-speed internet to Americans in low-income sectors and reduce the price for those who may already have it.
“High-speed internet is not a luxury any longer, it is a necessity,” Biden said. “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.”
“We saw during the pandemic how essential high-speed internet really is,” President Biden says during an event to discuss efforts to lower the cost of high-speed internet for American families.
“High-speed internet is not a luxury any longer. It’s a necessity.” pic.twitter.com/D7YPYDydQE
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 9, 2022
AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, among others, have committed to provide “high-speed” internet access for $30 dollars a month and the Biden regime said it will also grant a federal subsidiary (a.k.a. taxpayer-funded entitlement) that will grant funds up to $30 dollars each month, making the internet essentially free for many households, Fox News reported.
In the typical naming convention of the Democratic Party, the $65 billion dollar program is called the Affordable Connectivity Program. The president claims the program will provide “fast internet, good downloads, speeds with no caps and no extra fees for millions of American families.”
Naturally, the program will be referred to with an acronym (ACP) that Biden appeared to suggest will be difficult for him to memorize.
“I refuse to call it the ACP,” he joked. “I am so tired of acronyms in Washington. I can’t stand it, cannot stand, but I’m going to have to learn it, aren’t I?”
Biden praised the vice president for her initiative in getting the program off the ground, adding she did what was needed to “take action to help folks get internet.”
“The providers joining us today have answered that call,” Harris proclaimed, emphasizing that internet access is “essential for success” in the 21st century.
“Every person in our nation, no matter how much they earn, should be able to afford high-speed internet and a high-speed internet plan,” Harris said. “So that is why we are all here together today.”
On Monday, Biden applauded the internet providers who have teamed up with the government, saying the collusion is a “great example of what we can achieve when the federal government and the private sector work together to solve serious problems.”
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 9, 2022
Americans who currently benefit from government benefits such as Medicaid, SNAP food stamps, or a veterans pension are eligible, as well as households with an income less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The program promises download speeds of 100mps, but some remote areas currently lack the infrastructure for such speeds.
“The Biden-Harris administration is grateful for the efforts of these companies, and encourages additional internet service providers to join this effort to close the digital divide by offering high-speed, low-cost plans,” the White House said in a statement.
Here’s a sampling of some early reactions to the announcement on Twitter:
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 9, 2022
Government providing free things = free things provided at the expense of taxpayers.
— Fisher (@ryanfisher122) May 9, 2022
No scarce commodity is free. On the contrary, declaring this as a “right” forces providers into a condition of indentured servitude to provide it to others.
The 13th Amendment prohibits that, by the way.
— Libertarian Party of Tennessee (@LPTN1776) May 9, 2022
This doesn’t help me forget you’re allied to Obama who presided over operations sabotaged by Russian terrorism, or that the coverup continues under your administration, nor that it implies that your disownment of the Russians is always a lie.
— 🥀Jose Batista🗸 (@LevitatorThe) May 9, 2022
I speak for all when I say we want trump back in office.
— . (@HonestSportTake) May 9, 2022
Don’t be fooled, it’s dial up https://t.co/f2zeuk6aX4
— Five Times August (@FiveTimesAugust) May 9, 2022
Not interested in paying companies that fund the attacks on our nation. i’m guessing you are giving AT&T and other companies truck loads of our money to make this happen, vs forcing them to charge reasonable rates for the 3rd world performance we get.
— ToryMBlue (@ToryMBlue) May 9, 2022
Americans are handed everything for free, for those who don’t want to work. Back when America was strong, if you couldn’t afford it & you wanted it, you got a second or third job. Too many freebies handed out, while the hard-working American is paying for it through high taxes 🇺🇸
— Beach82 (@82_USjams) May 9, 2022
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