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Phoenix gets $700,000 to connect more households to high-speed internet program

Phoenix is getting a $700,000 grant from the Federal Communications Commission to connect more households to high-speed internet. 

It’s called the Affordable Connectivity Program. It provides a discount up to $30 a month off the cost of internet services and up to $75 a month on tribal land for households with incomes at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines. For example, a four-person household with an annual income of $60,000.

Households receiving SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, supplemental security income, federal public housing assistance, veterans pension and survivors benefits, free or reduced-price school lunch, federal Pell Grant or Lifeline may also be eligible.

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel made the announcement at Burton Barr Central Library on Tuesday.

“It is about keeping up with school, it is about keeping up with health care, it is about searching for jobs, opportunities and making sure you’re on top of the news that’s happening in your community. 

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said about 80,000 households are currently enrolled and thinks another 100,000 may be eligible. 

The FCC held a training session with nonprofit and community partners so they can spread the word and help residents apply.

“These individuals will help us launch in-person labs throughout our Phenix city libraries, job centers and community centers. Outreach will also expand to our community colleges and Phoenix public schools. We will also launch a 24/7 website and call center to assist families no matter what hour they need assistance,” Gallego said.

More information including application information can be found at fcc.gov/acp.

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.