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A path to free or lower cost internet, phone services

| October 25, 2022 7:00 AM

Dear Editor:

I believe everyone needs access to fast, reliable internet. Few seem to know about two federal government programs that can help Americans get free or reduced cost internet and phone service from their existing providers.

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and federal Lifeline Program could save people hundreds of dollars a year. A family of four making less than $55,500 a year qualifies for ACP.

Not all Libby Montana residents who qualify are enjoying the benefit from these programs.

ACP helps households afford broadband services needed for work, school and entertainment. Eligible households receive a discount of up to $30/month toward a qualified internet service, saving those who qualify up to $360/year. To look at it another way, Ziply Fiber participates in our ACP Fiber 200 Plan (includes a router) would be available at no cost.

Another federal program we support is Lifeline, which provides a discount of up to $9.25/month on internet, phone or bundled service.

People could qualify for this benefit on top of ACP. Lifeline is designed to help people access internet and phone services.

For more information, visit:

https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/

https://www.lifelinesupport.org/

It’s important for people to check-in with their provider on the details of which program(s) they participate in and how to apply. ACP and Lifeline are great ways for Libby, Montana, residents to keep more money in their pockets each month.

Harold Zeitz

CEO, Ziply Fiber