New Haven's latest effort to close digital divide will help residents sign up for low-cost internet (Elm City Communities)

Date Published: 
October 10th, 2023

From the New Haven Register:

The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on a digital divide in New Haven, but the divide existed before then — and it continues to exist. Now, New Haven will provide more tools to help close that divide with a $250,000 federal grant.

A partnership between the New Haven Free Public Library, Elm City Communities and CfAL for Digital Inclusion will allow CfAL, a local technology education nonprofit, to hire four part-time staff who will conduct outreach and help people sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program. The ACP is a federally funded program that gives eligible households up to $30 a month to put toward internet services and a one-time discount of $100 to put toward a laptop, desktop computer or tablet if they contribute $10-$50 to the purchase.

The staff will work through June 2025, holding weekly sign-up events as part of the New Haven ACP Outreach Program, which the city announced Tuesday. Twice a month, the event will be at a property of Elm City, New Haven's housing authority. As federal housing assistant recipients, all Elm City residents qualify for the broadband program.

Read the New Haven Register's article "New Haven's latest effort to close digital divide will help residents sign up for low-cost internet," featuring Elm City Communities.

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