CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — According to the Federal Communications Commission, nearly 40 percent of families in the U.S. qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program.
This Program offers a discount on high speed internet to qualifying low income households.
The ACP is a program that ensures fast internet access for all families of low income.
“Money is always tight no matter what. Money comes money goes I always have that in my head, especially with inflation right now, gas isn’t cheap food isn’t cheap”. Said Karen Santos, a full time student, worker, and a user of this program.
Santos said her life would be nearly impossible without internet.
“The internet is a big thing, especially right now it is spring break and the middle of March, we have midterms and I have a lot of projects due so I always need internet access. “
Qualifying households can also receive a one time discount of up to $100 dollars for a computer, desktop or a tablet.
Esmeralda Herrera, the Director of the Garcia Education Center said internet connectivity is a necessity not a luxury.
"“Internet is for everyone, like I said when we have food drives, we will tell somebody oh you can register online, they tell us oh we do not have online access, and one of the things we offer here during the day to the public is computers where we have online access.”
According to the FCC qualify for this program you must be able to qualify in certain government benefit program, or show proof of low income.
To apply you can visit https://www.fcc.gov/acp
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