BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – ConnectLA is working to put broadband first with its new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
According to the FCC, approximately 44% of Louisianans do not have high-speed Internet access. About 200,000 students in Louisiana did not have access to high-speed internet during the pandemic.
When the pandemic returned in 2020, many people suffered from not having access to high-speed internet. ConnectLA realized this problem and how critical the internet has become.
“It was critical for parents, teachers, small business owners, farmers, librarians, healthcare workers, and more,” said ConnectLA, executive director of Broadband Veneeth Iyengar.
Also discussing this topic was a librarian herself, Mary Stein. Mary said the broadband program is necessary for children, especially as they continue their education online.
“Internet access is not a luxury, it is not a pleasure. It is a necessity, it is a utility. Just like having electricity in your house,” Stein said.
The discounts are needed for people who need high-speed internet but can’t afford to pay the bill. The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefits program that provides a rebate of up to $30 per month on Internet service.
Once registered, eligible households can also receive a discount of up to $100 towards the purchase of a laptop, desktop or tablet.
The ACP program was formerly known as the Emergency Broadband Benefit. To accommodate this new program, the FCC experienced a transition period from December 31, 2021 to March 1, 2022. Some households may need to take steps to continue receiving the new $30 monthly benefit after the period ends. of transition.
More information about the ACP, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the FCC website here or on the ConnectLA website here.