New Affordable Connectivity Program to expand access

Posted on Feb 25, 2022 in Capitol Connection, Featured, Main

A federal program to help low-income households pay for internet service is available now. Under the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), eligible households can receive up to $30 a month to pay for broadband service. Qualifying lessees on Hawaiian Home Lands may apply for a benefit of up to $75 per month. Eligible households may also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 toward the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. “

About 200,000 residents could be eligible for this benefit,” said Governor Ige. “The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the way we live, work and learn. Everyone needs broadband access and internet connectivity, or they’ll be left behind.” Hawaiʻi households can qualify for the ACP based on your household income, if you or your child or dependent participates in certain government assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, WIC, and others. For more details, go to https://www.fcc.gov/acp.

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