Rosenworcel Hopes to Offer More Funding to Promote the ACP


FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel shared with her colleagues a Report and Order proposing a second Notice of Funding Opportunity to raise awareness and promote the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The proposal is a more targeted effort than originally conducted and is part of what the Commission is calling a “reinvigorated” effort to enroll more eligible, low-income households in the nation’s largest broadband affordability program.     

“Having an internet connection at home is no longer a luxury, but a necessity.  We’ve now supported more than 16 million households in making that reality easier with our Affordable Connectivity Program, but we continue to look for ways to reach more families in need of help,” said Rosenworcel. The agency also announced more than $60 million in outreach grants to community partners to support the FCC in building trust and increasing enrollment in the ACP.  

Rosenworcel explained in order to maximize the funding Congress provided to promote the program, the agency got creative and proposed adjustments to offer additional support for its direct outreach efforts. “I’ve proposed another targeted grant opportunity to give even more outreach partners a chance to join us in our work to close the digital divide. I am hopeful my colleagues will continue to demonstrate their support for this program and the organizations who have stepped up as trusted partners to promote it.”

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