Federal Communications Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel speaks during a news conference to encourage enrollment in a program aimed at improving affordable Internet connectivity in underserved communities at the Pio Pico-Koreatown branch of the LA Public Library, Thursday, March 9, 2023 The federal Affordable Connectivity Program, ACP, offers eligible households a rebate of up to $30 per month on the cost of Internet service, as well as discounts on devices. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Jessica Rosenworcel, chair of the Federal Communications Commission, joined Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and others on Friday, March 10, to sponsor the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library and EveryoneOn deployed – whose goal is to connect underserved communities to affordable internet.
Speaking at the LA Public Library’s Pio Pico Koreatown branch, Rosenworcel is promoting a discount of up to $30 per month on internet services for eligible households and discounts on devices. Eligible households can also receive a one-time rebate of up to $100 when purchasing a laptop, desktop or tablet from qualifying vendors.
Californians with an income of 200% or less of the Federal Poverty Guidelines — $55,500 for a family of four — are eligible. Households may also be considered eligible if one or more members participate in SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefits, free or discounted school meals, Federal Pell Grant, or Lifeline.
In a prepared statement, Rosenworcel said, “I am grateful to Mayor Bass and our local community partners for working with us to ensure families can get online and stay online.” Bass said in a prepared statement, “I look forward to one.” continued partnership with the FCC and our community partners as we remain committed to building a fairer city for all.”
Los Angeles City Librarian John F. Szabo said the program means more LA families can benefit from the digital age. .