A new federal program to help low-income families afford the cost of home internet service can save Boundary County residents up to $30 per month, or up to $75 a month for households on Kootenai tribal lands, and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) can be used by both EL Internet Northwest and Ziply customers, and some may even qualify for free high-speed internet service.
ACP can also provide a one-time discount of up to $100 toward a laptop, tablet or desktop computer from participating providers.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, access to the internet can increase labor productivity, delivering as much as $160 billion in economic output per year. The Affordable Connectivity Program, managed under the Federal Communications Commission, is designed to ensure all Americans have the opportunity to participate in the digital economy.
Eligibility is based on household income, and if anyone in your household receives SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, SSI, federal public housing assistance, a veteran’s pension or free or reduced school breakfast or lunch through the USDA, qualification is automatic.
To learn more or to apply for ACP benefits, visit www.affordableconnectivity.gov.