Online For All is a national public education and grassroots outreach campaign to increase enrollment in the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Our work will focus on the least connected and hardest to reach communities across the country.
This campaign will leverage the efforts of a diverse coalition of corporate, philanthropic, government, community-based, and national partners from across the digital equity ecosystem to collaborate on increasing ACP enrollment and helping to close the digital divide.
WHY ACP AND WHY NOW
Reliable and affordable high-speed internet is essential for Americans to conduct their work and access education, healthcare, and stay connected with their communities – a need exacerbated with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet approximately 28 million households (23%) in the United States do not have high-speed internet at home, and two thirds of those offline households are offline because they cannot afford it, despite having access to broadband service in their community.
About 42% of all American households are eligible for discounted internet service through the ACP, but only about 16 million are currently enrolled, leaving millions of Americans still to reach.
By launching a national awareness campaign and using proven outreach strategies like providing on-the-ground, 1:1 enrollment support through trusted community partners, the Online For All campaign will help more families get online and ensure that millions of Americans don’t miss out on the benefits they are entitled to.
Sign up below to learn more about the Online For All coalition! We will follow up in the coming weeks with more information about how you can sign on as an official coalition partner and get involved in our upcoming public campaign launch.
Learn More About The ACP
Created by the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act in 2021, the Affordable Connectivity Program provides a subsidy of $30/month for eligible households ($75/month on tribal lands) towards any internet service plan offered by participating providers around the country.
Eligible households include those at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or those who qualify for other Federal benefit programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, Pell Grants, and households with children who receive FRPL at school or attend CEP schools. The full eligibility criteria can be found here.
Check your eligibility here and get a personalized checklist that will save you time during the application process.