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Save Up To $30 a Month: New Federal Program Offers Monthly Internet Stipend & One-Time Device Discount

More than 5.25 billion people are active on the internet, and rising costs shouldn’t prohibit you from accessing the resources you need. Whether it’s for work, school, research, job hunting, or other reasons - the internet is necessary for our day-to-day lives. As inflation makes the price of everyday goods more out of reach, Buncombe County wants you to know about a new federal program that can help offset the cost of accessing the internet. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) offers qualifying homes up to $30 per month for internet service and as much as $75 per month for qualifying households on Tribal land. Additionally, you might be eligible for a one-time discount of $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

The average monthly internet bill is about $60 per month, and the ACP could give you a 50% discount on that cost. Multiple internet providers in Buncombe County and the surrounding area are participating in this program. You can apply online or send your application through the mail. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply here.

Need a laptop or a hotspot?
Did you know Buncombe County provides free laptops and hotspots through its library branches? As part of the County’s 2025 Strategic Plan, we want to increase internet access for everyone. If you want to check out a laptop and/or a hotspot, you need to be 18 years old and have a current library card. To learn more, click here or call (828) 250-4700.

Additional resources
Did you know Buncombe County’s Economic Services can help with rent, utilities, and more? If you could use assistance with internet, housing, bills, food, and other needs, please reach out to the County’s Economic Services at (828) 250-5500. We are always happy to assess your situation and see where we can help. 

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Updated Aug 22, 2022 10:08 AM
Published Aug 19, 2022 04:35 PM

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