Expansion of the Affordable Connectivity Program

More than 1 million Ohio households likely qualify for a new federal program to cover some of the cost of home internet services.

This includes households with children eligible for free or reduced school lunch — which covers every parent in school districts such as Dayton, Springfield and Middletown.

The Affordable Connectivity Program, created by the federal infrastructure bill, covers up to $30 a month of participants’ home broadband service and provides up to $100 to help people purchase a device to connect to the internet.

The ACP is an expanded, longer-term replacement of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program that covered up to $50 a month. That program expires in March, and participants will be transferred to the new program.


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