CSAC Bulletin Article

Help Expand Broadband in Your County!
Federally funded monthly broadband discounts are available for eligible residents.

March 16, 2023

In March 2022, the California Broadband Council issued a “Call to Action” to provide high-speed internet service to 90 percent of all eligible low-income households by 2024. In response, the California Emerging Technology Fund, along with multiple stakeholders, are coordinating a statewide mobilization effort to promote the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

From now through April, schools, college campuses, county offices, libraries, and community-based organizations are mobilizing to get eligible, low-income households signed up for affordable broadband access. On Saturday, April 22, 2023, organizations across the state are hosting enrollment assistance events to ensure that every eligible individual, student, and family is enrolled in ACP.

Counties and other organizations are encouraged to help residents by promoting ACP generally, and hosting an enrollment event on April 22, 2023. Please sign up here.

ACP is helping millions of eligible households throughout the nation save hundreds of dollars on home internet. This federally funded initiative offers a $30 monthly discount on home internet (up to $75 per month for households on qualifying tribal lands) and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a computer or a tablet.

Any household that participates in the free and reduced-price school lunch program, CalFresh or SNAP, Lifeline, the Pell Grant, WIC (Women, Infants & Children), Medi-Cal, Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Supplemental Security Income is eligible for the ACP benefit. About 34 percent of eligible California households are currently enrolled in ACP. This tracker provides enrollment data at the local level by county and zip code.

Please help spread the word about ACP and the benefits for households in your county. A Digital Inclusion flier in English and Spanish to help households enroll is also available.  Share this information with your colleagues and local partners. For more information on ACP enrollment, visit the Internet For All Now website. 

Let’s get California connected!

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