Low income families in US to get cheaper broadband

Posted on December 1, 2011 by Reno

In a bid to expand access to affordable broadband services across the United States, cable companies will be offering much cheaper broadband to low income families, with prices at around one fifth of the national average.

The United States government and the Federal Communications Commission are on a mission to try and increase access to affordable broadband services across the United States, which is something of a challenge given that there are many people who are disadvantaged when it comes to their access to higher speed broadband services. This includes low income families who cannot afford to pay out for high speed broadband.

However, cable companies are set to help the United States to reach its goal of expanding access to affordable broadband by offering high speed internet access at a fraction of the price to low income families. Cable companies will be offering access to broadband services for eligible households at around one fifth of the national average price.

According to reports families that are eligible for free school lunches will be able to sign up to high speed internet services from cable providers for just $9.95 per month. These low income families will also be able to get their hands on cut cost computers to ensure that they are able to get affordable access to both broadband and the tools and resources needed to benefit from the technology.

Michael Powell, head of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, said: “Providing our children with a quality education requires much more than the teaching and learning that takes place inside of the classroom.”