New Internet Affordability Program from FCC

Hello Owl Families!

We are reaching out to share some good news today!  Please check out the information below regarding affordable Internet program.

Our school district has been fortunate enough to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision the last 3 years allowing all students a free breakfast and lunch.  This is listed as one of the qualifying factors to participate in the Internet Affordability Program.  So, apply and check it out!

At the beginning of the year, we send out a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) form to be filled out be each household.  The response from these forms is what allows us to participate in such programs.  Sadly, the last two years the return rate for these forms has been down.  Please look for the forms at the beginning of each school, fill them out and get them back to us so we can continue to participate in these wonderful programs for ALL of our students!

Gov. Whitmer, AG Nessel Highlight New Internet Affordability Program from FCC

https://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-359-92297_47203-576056--,00.html

Agency: Attorney General Media contact: Lynsey Mukomel 517-599-2746 Public inquiries: 517-335-7622

January 24, 2022

LANSING - Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel want consumers to know about a new federal program supporting affordable internet access. 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a benefit program now open for enrollment that helps households afford broadband. 

The ACP is the $14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a temporary program that helped almost nine million people afford internet access during the pandemic.   

"Access to affordable internet has become more important than ever before as we've adjusted to working and schooling from home," AG Nessel said. "I encourage all consumers who qualify to take advantage of programs like the ACP to help offset costs associated with connectivity." 

Eligible households may now apply to receive up to a $30 per month discount off the price of their service and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. You can check eligibility on the ACP's enrollment page

"Reliable, affordable high-speed internet is increasingly important for work, school, and daily life," Gov. Whitmer said. "The FCC has set up vital programs to help millions of Americans get connected and lower costs. The new ACP program can cut up to $30 from a household's monthly internet bill and up to $75 on Tribal lands. I encourage Michiganders to take advantage of this money-saving program." 

The new program is one resource available to Michiganders struggling to secure or maintain broadband access, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has set as a priority to address by launching the Connecting Michigan Task Force and the Michigan High-Speed Internet Office. So far, the programs have leveraged millions in state and federal funds to give families and businesses access to high-speed internet. 

Additional information on ways Gov. Whitmer is expanding access to high-speed internet can be found online. 

Visit the FCC's website to learn more about the ACP

The Department of Attorney General provides a library of resources for consumers to review anytime on a variety of topics.   

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