Some Michiganders’ Internet Bills Could Go Down Soon
Internet prices can feel like a never-ending upwards elevator ride, they're always going up with no sign of stopping. In today's day and age it's almost harder to not be on the internet than to be on it.
Over the last two years the internet has become a necessity for those who work from home, families with children in school, those in isolation and countless others who need to communicate with the outside world.
New Internet Affordability Program from FCC
"Reliable, affordable high-speed internet is increasingly important for work, school, and daily life" was one of the statements made last month by Governor Whitmer praising and highlighting the new Affordable Connectivity Program.
This program passed through Congress last year with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Both Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, and Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, voted in favor of the new infrastructure bill. The ACP is the $14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a temporary program that helped almost nine million people afford internet access during the pandemic.
Do You Qualify?
Eligible households can now apply to receive up to a $30 per month discount off the price of their internet service. Households on qualifying Tribal lands will be able to save up to $75 a month on their internet service. Qualifying households can also apply to get a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50).
You can check to see if you're eligible here.