New federal program aims to provide cheaper Internet access to SWMO-eligible families

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The New Year brings good news if you’re struggling to pay for high-speed internet service. A new federal program will help foot the bill.

The Affordable Connectivity Program could help people across the country, including southwestern Missouri, save between $ 30 and $ 75 per month on their internet.

If you want to know if you are eligible to apply, your income must be 200% below federal poverty guidelines or you must have proof that you participate in federal assistance programs.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a $ 14 billion program that reduces the cost of Internet service and replaces the temporary emergency broadband benefit program. The ultimate goal is to provide support to more Americans.

“We know how difficult it can be to bridge the digital divide between those who don’t and those who have connectivity,” ISP Josh Harris said. “As more and more people are working and doing things online, we want to make sure everyone has the same tools. “

The new curriculum will help make connections for needed schoolwork as students continue to navigate the pandemic. More than a quarter of American households will be eligible for the program.

“People can go to ACPbenefit.org to see if they qualify and show that you qualify. That $ 30 will be deducted from your bill monthly, ”Harris said. “It’s a great thing for consumers. “

For more information on the PCA program and to see if you qualify or not, CLICK HERE.

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