December 4, 2023 – For the second consecutive year, local faith-based leaders banded together on an initiative designed to connect more residents to the internet and help make digital equity a reality in minority communities. On Sunday, December 3, 2023, pastors and other faith-based leaders representing more than 200 churches across the Chicago area shared information with their congregations about the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Created through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the ACP provides up to $30 per month per month towards the cost of eligible households’ internet and/or mobile service bills. Households that choose service plans that are $30 or less can have the full cost of their service covered by the ACP.
Launched nearly two years ago, the ACP has now connected more than 21 million households across the country, however, many households have yet to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.
“Internet connectivity and digital skills are critical in today’s digital age. We use them in so many aspects of our daily lives ranging from school, work, and staying in touch with friends and family to accessing healthcare, news, and an array of other services,” said Bishop Larry D. Trotter of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago. “By coming together for this important initiative, our goal is to close the digital divide in our communities and create a future where every individual has the opportunity to participate and thrive in the digital world.”
In addition, Comcast is donating brand new laptops to several churches as part of the company’s long-standing commitment to advancing digital equity.
“We are grateful, honored and blessed to once again partner with Comcast in our collective effort to bridge the digital divide,” said Pastor Ira Acree of the Greater St. John Bible Church. “It’s very refreshing to see corporations such as Comcast adhere to the clarion call of ministers to come to the community and assist us in enhancing and contributing to the education of our youth through technology.”
“Bridging the digital divide has been at the core of Comcast’s values for more than a decade. Over the years, we’ve worked with hundreds of partners across the Chicago area, from nonprofits and school districts to elected officials and members of the faith-based community because addressing this critical issue cannot be achieved without collaboration,” said Carl Jones, Jr., Comcast’s Regional Vice President of External and Government Affairs. “We’re proud be a part of this initiative again this year to get more people connected and look forward to our collective work to make digital equity a reality in our communities.”
For more information about the ACP, its eligibility requirements and to apply, visit www.AffordableConnectivity.gov or call (877) 384-2575.