Oak Hill Program Makes Broadband More Affordable

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Households that qualify for a broadband connectivity program through the Oak Hill Collaborative could save up to $30 on their monthly internet bill.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is funded through the federal American Connectivity Fund and is free to apply, according to a press release. Qualified applicants are 200% or more below the federal poverty guideline and participate in a low-income program, such as SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, or have a dependent received a free and reduced lunch at school or a Pell grant.

“No one should have to choose between paying their internet bill or paying to put food on the table,” said Pat Kerrigan, executive director of Oak Hill. “With the help of the FCC’s revised American Connectivity Fund, more Valley households will now have cheaper ways to access virtual learning, connect to telemedicine for healthcare, or perhaps learn new online skills and seek their next job.”

Military retirees and disabled veterans, regardless of income, also qualify for the discount.

Oak Hill has hired intake personnel to meet with interested residents to explain the program and assist in the enrollment. This free assistance is for current internet customers, as well as for people without current internet that want to establish internet service. The intake personnel can review low-cost internet service availability – including home internet and wireless internet options – identify discounted PC choices, and provide training and education options.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Oak Hill, call 330 406 0271.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.