Thursday, December 8, 2022
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced a new resource available in the Mayor’s Center for City Services to assist Providence residents in applying for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
The Affordable Connectivity Program provides eligible households with a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service. The program can also help individuals with the purchase of a computer, laptop or tablet. The Mayor’s Center for City Services now has a dedicated Broadband Community Outreach Coordinator, who will be able to help with eligibility questions and provide technical assistance for the program application.
“We continue to see how absolutely essential access to the internet is to our daily lives, in everything from participating in our economy, to getting an education, staying connected to loved ones, and so much more,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “I am pleased that the Mayor’s Center for City Services is now able to assist Providence residents in accessing this critical federal program, and I encourage all residents who think they might be eligible to call our team and learn more.”
Providence residents interested in learning more or applying for the program can call 3-1-1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with the City’s Broadband Community Outreach Coordinator.
To be eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program, households must have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in an eligible federal or state program. For full program and eligibility information, visit providenceri.gov/pvdconnects.
In addition, Rhode Island Commerce is asking Rhode Islanders for their input to determine how to best spend federal funding to increase internet access, speed, affordability, and usage in the state. Rhode Island residents are encouraged to take the Broadband Speed Test and survey by clicking here.