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In a world where the digital divide continues to be a challenge for a substantial portion of our society, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) has been an easy path to internet accessibility for millions. As this pivotal initiative approaches its end, the landscape of connectivity in America stands at a perilous crossroads, desperately needing innovative solutions and sustained commitment. 

Amidst this transition, the role of organizations like Human-I-T becomes more important than ever. With a steadfast dedication to providing affordable internet, refurbished and new devices, and comprehensive digital literacy training, the journey towards a future where every individual can thrive in an increasingly digital society must continue – with or without the ACP. 

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The Current State of the Affordable Connectivity Program

Achievements, Impact, and Future of the ACP

Since its launch in 2021, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) has made a pivotal impact in low-income families nationwide, having enrolled over 22 million households to date. To put that number into perspective, that means the ACP is helping nearly 17% of American households stay connected to cheap internet or free internet in their area.

This program has not just provided internet access; it has opened doors to essential services like education, healthcare, and job opportunities. With up to $30 monthly internet discounts for non-tribal families and up to $75 monthly internet discounts for Tribal families, plus significant savings on digital devices, the ACP has transformed internet accessibility from a privilege to an everyday reality for many underserved communities.

Private enterprises and non-profit organizations similar to Human-I-T have played a crucial role in amplifying the impact of the ACP. Through the provision of refurbished devices and dedicated support, these organizations ensure that the benefits of the ACP translate into real, sustainable progress, moving beyond mere connectivity to foster true digital empowerment. Perhaps it is this success that allows the ACP to enjoy overwhelmingly bipartisan support, including 64 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of Independents, and 95 percent of Democrats. And yet, the ACP is not enjoying the full-throated support that it should.

Though the program is overwhelmingly popular and has provided an undeniable value to the American people, the ACP’s $14.2 billion fund is nearing exhaustion. The program is set to stop accepting applications after February 7, 2024, marking a significant moment for internet accessibility in America. While current beneficiaries will continue to receive their benefits until the funds run out, estimated in April 2024, the window for new applicants is rapidly closing.

This deadline underscores the need for swift action and innovative solutions to preserve and build upon the gains made in digital inclusion. As the ACP concludes, the focus for digital equity organizations like Human-I-T must shift to ensuring that the momentum in bridging the broadband gap doesn’t continue to grow.

The Wind-Down of the ACP and What’s Next for Households that Need Cheap Internet

As the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) approaches its designated end, the wind-down process initiates a period of transition, not just for the program but for the millions who have come to rely on it. 

The impact extends beyond individual households, touching the very fabric of communities that have seen enhanced connectivity drive progress in education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

Fortunately, Human-I-T’s commitment to digital inclusion extends beyond the ACP, offering a lifeline to those who may soon lose their ACP benefits. The organization’s multifaceted approach ensures sustainable digital access through various initiatives:

  1. Affordable Internet Services: Human-I-T provides low-cost internet plans outside of the ACP, ensuring that families transitioning from the ACP can continue to enjoy reliable, affordable internet for just $15/month. By offering affordable internet, Human-I-T ensures that the end of the ACP doesn’t mean the end of high speed internet for low-income families.
  1. Device Refurbishment and Redistribution: Human-I-T’s commitment to affordability extends to devices too. The organization refurbishes and resells high-quality, previously owned laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1 computers for a fraction of the cost of new devices. This practice ensures that high-quality technology remains within reach for everyone.
  1. Digital Literacy Training and Support: Recognizing that effective use of technology requires proper knowledge and skills, Human-I-T offers free digital literacy training. These programs empower individuals to make the most of their digital tools, enhancing their ability to participate fully in the digital world. 
  1. Community Partnerships and Advocacy: Through strategic partnerships and advocacy, Human-I-T amplifies its impact, reaching more individuals and influencing policies that promote digital inclusion. The organization’s collaborative efforts ensure a broader reach and a more profound impact on communities in need.

By providing affordable internet services, refurbished devices, and comprehensive support, Human-I-T stands as a beacon of hope for families navigating the post-ACP landscape. The organization’s dedication to digital inclusion ensures that connectivity remains accessible and affordable, fostering a future where everyone can thrive in an increasingly digital society.

How to Get Cheap Internet in Your Area After the ACP Ends

Steps to Take Before the ACP Ends in April 2024

As the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) approaches its deadline, there are steps subscribers and potential applicants should take. And Human-I-T is here to guide you through this transition step-by-step:

  1. Review Your Current Benefits: If you’re already benefiting from the ACP with us, ensure you understand when your benefits will end and what that means for your service. Need help? Give us a call at 1-888-391-7249!
  1. Apply Before the Deadline: If you’re considering applying for the ACP, remember that the application window closes on February 7, 2024. Don’t wait until the last minute, as processing times can vary. Fill out this quick form and one of our team will reach out to help you through the process! Remember: even a month of free internet or discounted internet is better than none!
  1. Seek Assistance: Human-I-T’s team is ready to guide you step by step through the application process or any questions you might have about the transition. Reach out through our contact channels for personalized support.
  1. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with the latest announcements from the ACP and Human-I-T. Being informed will help you make the best decisions for your digital connectivity needs.

We understand the ACP’s conclusion could signify uncertainty, which is why Human-I-T is committed to being a stronghold of innovation, support, and empowerment in bridging the digital divide and helping communities in need of digital access. Our unique blend of personalized services, future-ready technology, comprehensive education, and unwavering support distinguishes us in the pursuit of a digitally inclusive future for all.

The Path Towards Affordable Internet for All After the ACP Ends

As we navigate the evolving landscape of digital inclusion, your journey towards reliable, affordable internet access doesn’t have to pause. Human-I-T is committed to ensuring that every individual and family continues to thrive in a digitally inclusive society. Whether you’re seeking affordable internet plans, high-quality refurbished devices, or comprehensive digital literacy training, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Don’t let the changes in the ACP define your digital future. Take the next step with Human-I-T and discover how our tailored solutions can keep you connected and empowered. Reach out to us, explore our services, and become part of a community where connectivity is accessible, affordable, and supportive.

Do you or someone you know rely on the Affordable Connectivity Program to stay online? Tell them to fill out this form below so they can get in contact with our team and get one-on-one assistance finding cheap internet in their area and so they can stay connected without interruption!

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