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FCC Creates ‘Your Home, Your Internet’ Pilot Program

By August 12, 2022No Comments

Source: FCCNews

Media Contact:
Anne Veigle
[email protected]

Outreach to Include Helping Households with Application Process

WASHINGTON, August 5, 2022—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted
an Order creating the “Your Home, Your Internet” pilot program designed to raise awareness
of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) among households receiving federal housing
assistance. The one-year pilot program will test the best methods for helping consumers
receiving federal housing assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban
Development learn about the Affordable Connectivity Program and enroll in the program.

“Broadband is a necessity for American households, yet many HUD-assisted families lack
access to reliable, affordable, high-speed internet,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge.
“HUD is committed to ensuring that the people we serve have sufficient internet access for
work, school, health care, and other needs. FCC’s new pilot program will make it easier for
HUD-assisted families to access reliable and affordable high-speed internet, and I look forward
to working with Chairwoman Rosenworcel and the Commission to get more families online.”

The “Your Home, Your Internet” pilot program features enhancements that are designed to
help ease the application and enrollment process for federal housing assistance recipients.
State and local housing authorities, Tribal Designated Housing Entities, and other state,
regional, or local government entities, as well as community partners are eligible to apply for
the pilot. Pilot program applicants will be able to submit proposals for specialized ACP
outreach efforts, including promotional materials that are directed to federal housing assistance
recipients and organizations. Pilot participants also are encouraged to propose application
assistance tools which the Commission will evaluate. In addition, the Commission has set aside
up to $10 million to support pilot-related activities. The Wireline Competition Bureau will
provide more guidance on how to participate in the pilot program.

The Affordable Connectivity Program provides a monthly discount of up to $30 per month
(and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands) as well as a one-time $100
discount toward a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Under the Infrastructure Investment and
Jobs Act, a household may qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program if at least one
member of the household meets the qualifications for participation in the Lifeline program.
Households that receive federal housing assistance are eligible for Lifeline and the Affordable
Connectivity Program.

Action by the Commission August 5, 2022 by Third Report and Order (FCC 22-65).
Chairwoman Rosenworcel, Commissioners Carr, Starks, and Simington approving.
Chairwoman Rosenworcel and Commissioner Starks issuing separate statements.
WC Docket No. 21-450

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official
action. See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974