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Affordable Connectivity Program

  • A program designed to help Providence residents apply to a federal program that gives qualifying households in Providence $30 a month for internet.

  • Additionally, certain broadband servicers offer $100 towards laptops and other electronic devices.

Opportunities to come to the library for help!


Drop-ins at Knight Memorial, 275 Elmwood Ave:

  • Thursday, January 19, 1pm - 4pm
  • Friday, January 20, 1pm - 4pm
  • Monday, January 23, 9:30am - 12pm
  • Thursday, January 26, 6pm - 8pm
  • Friday, January 27, 1pm - 4pm
  • Saturday, January 28, 1pm - 4pm

Drop-in at these LIHEAP(Heating Assistance) events:

 
Who Qualifies in Providence?
 

A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income internet program;
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs:
  • Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools.
  • SNAP
  • Medicaid
  • Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8 Vouchers)
  • Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/202/811
  • Public Housing 
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • WIC
  • Lifeline
  • Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits

How to apply

  • Eligible households can enroll online through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) form
  • Or download and fill out an application: English | Spanish
  • The City of Providence's PVD Connects program can help you to determine if you are eligible for the program and complete your application! To get connected, email awheeler@providenceri.gov or call 3-1-1.

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