The Volusia County Public Library is working to help build awareness about the Affordable Connectivity Program, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) benefit that will help lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households struggling to afford internet service.
Seven library branches around the county will host presentations by FCC consumer experts who will share information about the program. In West Volusia, the presentations will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.; and at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.
The $14 billion Affordable Connectivity Program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. It also provides up to a $100-per-household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.
A household is eligible if one member meets at least one of these criteria:
- Has an income that is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines;
- Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC or Lifeline;
- Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
- Received a federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income program.
Additional information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at www.fcc.gov/ACP.
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— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews