It would be a clear understatement to say that technology has improved our lives drastically. What it has actually achieved is a generational transformation that is not an easy task to pull off by any means. However, that is us talking about its impact as whole. If we dig into it a little bit, we would realize that many elements were in play to make technology a resounding success it turned out to be. One such element, which is almost synonymous to the concept of technology, is the internet. Today, Wi-Fi routers and broadband connections literally run the world. Without these tools, no major sector can think of operating to the best of its ability. In fact, something like internet has taken an even greater significance in the midst of a global pandemic. Students and workers from every dimension have been somewhat necessitated to use this medium, but has the urgency of the situation overshadowed internet services’ controversial history? For years, certain modestly-paid groups have struggled to afford internet services. The ISPs, knowing well the value of their service, have priced out these groups time and again, thus barring them from catching up with a world that has been moving quickly towards a tech-centric identity.
Recently sworn in Biden administration is seemingly out to change that. The much talked about $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan of the Senate will be setting aside $65 billion for broadband services. In White House’s words, the investment will “deliver reliable, affordable, high-speed internet to every household.”
The move falls in line with American government’s goal of building a more connected country by bringing down the prices of internet service. While the sum should help greatly in that pursuit, it’s the 14 billion portion of the total that promises to make a serious impact. As per the reports, an amount of 14 billion will just be focused on enhancing affordability of the service for citizens with low income. Individual benefits of the bill for this group would come down to a $30 monthly payment to help cover their broadband expenses. The bill, from a more zoomed out standpoint, will work through collaboration with ISPs. In their attempt to really push home the point of better connectivity, the government will be dispatching 42 billion to the state administrations. These administrations are then tasked with funneling this amount to ISPs that agree to the terms of providing low-cost service option.