As part of its requirements for access to taxpayer funds from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration wants states to submit a plan showing their efforts to promote middle-class affordability. An industry trade group said in a recent report that broadband is already generally affordable for that economic class.

Rick Cimerman, vice president of external and state affairs at NCTA — The Internet and Television Association, noted in a recent webinar that price is not preventing widespread adoption of broadband by the middle class. Based on 2020 statistics from the Bureau of Labor, NCTA defined the middle class as those earning between $45,300 and $76,200.



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