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Our administration remains committed to ensuring all Kentuckians stay connected now and moving forward. It is critical, even in the midst of a global pandemic, that we work to stay connected to one another. One challenge to Kentuckians staying connected is lack of affordable and reliable internet services in many areas of the commonwealth. Today, I would like to share home internet assistance options designed to make communication services affordable for low-income families. The following programs are designed to offer robust internet access to underserved rural areas ensuring affordability:
Lifeline Program: A program funded by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to expand subsidized broadband options for low-income families by allowing households to have two connections over mobile and fixed broadband; for a full list of providers here.
Broadband Now: A system collecting and analyzing internet provider’s coverage and availability to make the most accurate search available. Results are specific to your area and help consumers find and compare local internet options.
As part of Team Kentucky’s effort to keep Kentuckians connected, home internet assistance programs meet the critical need to obtain internet access for remote learning or work during the pandemic. Kentucky families who qualify for the low-income internet assistance can determine program eligibility here.
Thank you for being a valuable part of #TeamKentucky.
Secretary, Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development
Internet providers offer assistance for low-income households
During the COVID-19 pandemic it is critical that students have access to the internet. Companies are working to provide families with low-cost internet services and devices.
Everyoneon.org is a nonprofit that allows users to find internet options in their community by zip code and by participation in a specified program.
AT&T’s Access program has expanded eligibility based on income and to households participating in the National School Lunch and Head Start programs. Households with incomes under 135% of federal poverty guidelines, participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or participating in the federal school lunch program or Head Start program are eligible. Information can be found on AT&T’s website.
Comcast Internet Essentials and Spectrum Internet Assist also offer assistance to households in their service areas.