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Program offers affordable connectivity; 100,000+ residents could qualify

HONOLULU — Participation in the digital world continues to be a high priority following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Affordable Connectivity Program provides qualified households up to $30 a month off internet-service bills with a $75 discount for households on state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands parcels.

The program is funded through the $65 billion Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act that was passed by Congress in Nov. 2021.

The ACP is helping to build digital equity so Hawai‘i residents can work remotely, take classes online, receive telehealth consults, access government services, and are able to participate in more activities.

This is only possible with a reliable and stable broadband internet connection, a working device and the digital-literacy skills to succeed with this technology.

Currently, more than 29,000 households across Hawai‘i are enrolled in the ACP, providing more than $7 million in benefits.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 Hawai‘i households could qualify for the ACP.

To see the full list of ACP eligibility details and participating Hawai‘i internet-service providers, visit

At a recent series of digital-literacy classes offered by the Broadband Hui at the Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on O‘ahu, kupuna were able to learn about computer literacy and how to access the ACP application, which was created in response to COVID-19.

Thanks to a number of organizations that have supported these classes, including the Hawai‘i State Public Library System, Kamehameha Schools, Area Health Education Center, the Kupuna Collective, Hawaiian Hope, Lanakila Pacific, Digital Ready Hawai‘i nd many others, these classes are becoming the hub of technology learning and instrumental in achieving the state’s digital-equity goals.

“Grassroots efforts like these are building the momentum to bring us all into the 21st century,” said Gov. David Ige.

“Whether it’s broadband-affordability programs, access to devices, digital-literacy instruction and, most importantly, the environment that builds confidence and dignity, this has the potential to help thousands of kama‘aina gain access to the digital world.”
Source: The Garden Island

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