The pandemic has underscored the digital divide, but Ohio’s public libraries recognized the need for broadband connectivity long before the pandemic started. We know that a significant number of Ohioans still lack access to this basic utility.
Families struggling to afford the internet can apply for a discount on their monthly bills. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will provide eligible households discounts of up to $30 a month toward broadband service. The program replaces, expands, and makes permanent the FCC temporary
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which helped low-income households afford internet service during the pandemic. ACP will help ensure that eligible households can
continue to afford internet connections needed for school, work, health care, and more. Families can enroll at acpbenefit.org.
Public libraries are playing an important role in getting this information out to those who need internet access. The OLC has teamed up with BroadbandOhio and RemotEDx Connectivity Champions to help spread the word about the program. An informational flyer is available for download on the OLC website. Please share it with your community.