Nevada Families Qualify For Discounts On Internet Bills And Computers Through Federal Program News
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – A program created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is offering discounts on Internet and computer bills to families in Nevada.
Representative Steven Horsford announced the launch of the ongoing Affordable Connectivity Program, which he says will help bridge the state’s “digital divide” between urban and rural communities. According to White House estimates, 825,000 or 26% of Nevada residents will be eligible for the benefit.
“Thanks to the Affordable Connectivity program, thousands of Nevada families will have new opportunities to earn, learn and use essential services like telemedicine to improve their lives,” Horsford said in a statement Wednesday.
New Affordable Connectivity Program Offers:
- Up to $ 30 / month off the monthly cost of Internet service
- Up to $ 75 monthly rebates for households on qualifying tribal lands and other rural areas
- One-time discount of up to $ 100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of over $ 10 but under $ 50)
A household is eligible if a household member meets at least one of the criteria below:
- Has an income of 200% or less of federal poverty guidelines; Where
- Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC or Lifeline;
- Participate in tribal specific programs, such as General Assistance from the Office of Indian Affairs, Tribal TANF or the Indian Reserve Food Distribution Program;
- is approved to receive benefits under the Free and Discounted School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision during the school year 2019-2020, 2020-2021 or 2021-2022;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year; Where
- Meets the eligibility criteria for the existing low income program of a participating provider.
To apply, Nevadans must:
- Submit an online application or print an application by mail by visiting ACPBenefit.org.
- Contact their preferred participating provider to select a plan and apply the discount to their bill. Some providers may have an alternative application.
Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan. For more information visit fcc.gov/acp.
Broadband Emergency Benefit (EBB) recipients fully enrolled on December 31, 2021 will automatically continue to receive their current monthly benefit until March 1, 2022. EBB recipients can learn more about the program transition and the steps they may need to take to stay enrolled after March 1 by visiting fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.
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