US President Donald Trump has signed an agreement with Canada to lower the prices of some internet packages in the US and Canada.
The deal includes an agreement to bring broadband internet speeds to about a quarter of homes in the United States and about a third of homes by the end of 2021.
The Canadian agreement, which the White House said will cost about $50bn over 20 years, will also see prices for residential broadband in Canada and the United Kingdom fall by about 20% in 2021.
Under the agreement, internet providers in the two countries are also to provide better access to broadband for rural consumers and small businesses.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Tuesday that it will soon issue an order to ensure the new deal goes into effect in 2019.US President Donald J Trump (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands after a meeting at the White Palace in Ottawa, Canada, May 12, 2021.
Reuters US President Trump speaks with Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White Senate in Washington, DC, February 20, 2021, on the first day of Trump’s first full day as US president.
The two countries signed an interim deal in January, but the agreement is being finalized and is expected to be in place by the middle of this year.
Under President Trump’s plan, broadband internet would be offered to low-income and low-skilled workers and consumers with low incomes.
It would be provided to those with low income through a “competitor subsidy” and be made available to households with incomes of $25,000 or less.
The agreement also will allow internet providers to charge for internet service, and it will allow them to charge extra for services that customers say interfere with their ability to use computers and other devices.
It will also include rules for how internet providers can use customer data to target advertising to consumers, and the ability for internet providers and content providers to share data on how users are using their internet service.
The FCC and the FCC in the UK have agreed to an interim agreement that will last for five years.
The UK’s telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has said it will not enforce the agreement as long as the agreement continues to be signed.
In an emailed statement, Ofnet said: “The deal between the UK and US is a significant step forward for internet and internet-based services in the digital economy.
We are working closely with the White Houses team and the ISPs to finalise the terms of the interim agreement and ensure that it goes into force.”