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Nice Time! Biden Announces Free Broadband For Working Families

Wingnuts fret it's Obamaphones all over again.

President Biden yesterday announced that 20 internet companies will start providing low-cost broadband internet service to low-income Americans, as part of a deal growing out of last year's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The infrastructure bill already offered $30-a-month subsidies to help low-income folks pay for internet (the subsidy increases to $75 in tribal areas). Those subsidies are available to millions of people. Now, the 20 internet providers will set up a new tier of broadband plans that cost just $30 per month, so with the subsidy, the plans will will be free for as many as 48 million families.

At a White House Rose Garden event yesterday, Biden said, "High speed internet is not a luxury any longer. It’s a necessity." The AP adds,

Biden noted that families of four earning about $55,000 annually — or those including someone eligible for Medicaid — will get a $30 monthly credit, meaning about 40 percent of Americans will qualify.

The subsidies, through the Affordable Connectivity Program, were a top goal for Biden and other supporters of the infrastructure bill, particularly as the pandemic highlighted the "digital divide" that means low-income homes don't have reliable internet access. That was dramatically illustrated by a viral August 2020 photo showing two little girls sitting on a curb outside a Taco Bell so they could use the restaurant's wifi to do homework on school-issued laptops.

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What Will Become Of All These Jen Psaki .Gifs When Karine Jean-Pierre Takes Over?

Your daily briefing, live on WonkTV!

They will go to the National Archives, we bet.

Anyway, press briefing!

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Look, Nice Thing! The Bidens Are Having A Cinco de Mayo Reception!

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Oh no, Joe Biden, please do not get White Girl Wasted and order "Buy One, Get Five Free" margarita specials! That is some tacky American shit and you know it, and besides that's not even what Cinco de Mayo is about!

Anyway, the White House says the Bidens are having a reception for Cinco de Mayo with Mrs. Beatriz Gutiérrez Mueller de López Obrador, the first lady of Mexico, and that's a nice change from how the last president treated Mexico.

And because this week is utterly devoid of nice things, you may watch this livestream, which is nice. You can even make it your OPEN THREAD, which is also nice!

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First White House Presser Since Roemageddon Started, So This Should Be Fun!

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What a hellscape.

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