As part of the commission’s push to increase participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Jessica Rosenworcel is partnering with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego to raise awareness of the ACP.
“Since the launch of the Affordable Connectivity Program, over 17 million households have enrolled and are receiving monthly discounts on their internet bills. The response to this program demonstrates that an internet connection is vital for success in today’s world, but there are still more families we can reach,” said FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel. “I’m grateful to Mayor Gallego and our local community partners for collaborating with us to ensure families can get online and stay online, no matter who they are or where they live.”
The two are partnering on community events to promote both the ACP, as well as Phoenix’s recent FCC outreach grant that will “support innovative local enrollment and awareness-raising efforts to help close the digital divide.”
“Too many families still don’t have access to high-speed internet, which is why the City of Phoenix is proud to have been awarded a $700,000 grant that will connect more of our community members to affordable internet services,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “This critical link will help Phoenicians access additional opportunities, from remote work options to education. I am excited to welcome Chairwoman Rosenworcel to Phoenix to help spread the word to those who might need assistance getting online.”
The ACP provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Through the program, eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Following the first community event with Rosenworcel and Gallego, the FCC will train community partners to help Phoenix residents learn more about and apply for the ACP.