Evers Encourages Enrollment In Affordable Connectivity Program

(Dodge County) Dodge County residents struggling to pay for internet service are encouraged to enroll in the Affordable Connective Program. The program, offered through the Federal Communications Commission, provides discounts of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. The number of people in Wisconsin eligible to enroll is roughly 1.5-million or 650-thousand households.

Governor Tony Evers says he knows that the digital divide in the state is holding communities back, as high-speed internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity to learn, work, and access critical resources. He says every Wisconsinite should be able to afford internet without having to choose between other essential needs such as food or rent. The governor adds that getting everyone connected to broadband remains a top priority for him and his administration.

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines; or
  • Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
  • Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
  • Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income program.

Eligible households can enroll by visiting https://acpbenefit.org/ or by contacting participating broadband providers. For customers that need additional assistance, call the FCC’s information line at 877-384-2575.

On Wednesday, January 26, from 12:30pm to 1:30, the PSC and the Department of Public Instruction will host a webinar on the transition to the Affordable Connectivity Program. Individuals associated with schools, libraries, nonprofit, and government organizations are encouraged to participate. Registration for the webinar is available here.

For more information on the Affordable Connectivity Program, visit here.