U.S. bipartisan infrastructure bill may extend broadband payment help enacted during pandemic -sources

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July 27, 2021

By Jarrett Renshaw

(Reuters) – A bipartisan group of senators and the White House are considering extending a COVID-era program that helped lower-income Americans get broadband access as part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.

Lawmakers passed the $3.2 billion emergency program last year as a way to help struggling Americans secure broadband internet access during the COVID pandemic.

(Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by Leslie Adler)