Congressman Castro and FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel to Visit Dwight Middle School for Affordable Connectivity Program Kickoff
SAN ANTONIO — On Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) and Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will visit Dwight Middle School in San Antonio, Texas for a kickoff event to help families enroll in affordable, high-speed internet through the Affordable Connectivity Program.
In November 2021, Congressman Castro voted to create the Affordable Connectivity Program, a federal initiative that lowers the cost of high-speed internet for low-income families. The program was established as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which also allocated at least $100 million to expand broadband coverage in the state of Texas. According to estimates from the White House, nearly 30 percent of Texans are eligible for discounted internet service through the Affordable Connectivity Program.
The Affordable Connectivity Program provides a discount up to $30/month off the cost of internet service for qualifying households. These households can also receive a one-time discount up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from qualifying providers.
Texans with income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines ($55,500 for a family of four) are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program. Households can also be eligible if one or more members participates in 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.
During Wednesday’s event, community partners will be on-hand to help San Antonians learn about applying for the Affordable Connectivity Program. The event is free and open to the public.
To learn more about the Affordable Connectivity Program, visit https://getinternet.gov/.
WHO: Congressman Joaquin Castro
Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel
Community partners and digital inclusion leaders
Members of the public
WHAT: San Antonio Kickoff for the Affordable Connectivity Program
WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 5-6:30 PM
WHERE: Dwight Middle School, 2454 W Southcross Blvd, San Antonio, Texas
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