The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created a new landing page, GetInternet.gov, for applications to its Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
The ACP provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. The program now reaches more than 17 million households.
“This consumer-friendly site, now accessible through a simple and memorable URL, explains the benefits of the program, serves as a call to action for eligible consumers to apply, and enables consumers to easily apply for the program,” the FCC said in a statement.
To develop the website, the Executive Office of the President worked with the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau – which administers the ACP – and the Office of the Managing Director to transition ownership of GetInternet.gov to the FCC. The FCC said that the information previously available at GetInternet.gov will continue to be available by accessing whitehouse.gov/getinternet.
Additionally, AffordableConnectivity.gov and FCC.gov/ACP will continue to serve as resources providing detailed information about the Affordable Connectivity Program for consumers, digital navigators, and participating providers.
As part of its efforts to promote the ACP, the FCC said it is continuing to provide grants to community partners, offer additional support for navigators who help eligible consumers enroll, and develop paid and earned media strategies to increase public awareness. As part of its broader engagement strategy, the FCC has made enhancements to its online consumer application system to make it easier for eligible consumers to apply by providing clear instructions and decreasing the number of steps in the application process.
In a statement, the FCC said the transition to GetInternet.gov will build on these efforts to promote the Affordable Connectivity Program and allow stakeholders to easily direct interested consumers to a single location to confirm their eligibility to participate.