Alabama Broadband Connectivity Program (ABC)
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Eligible ACS students will be able to receive free high-speed internet service through the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students Program.
Eligible students will receive a letter sometime after August 31 that will look a little like this letter. It will have a prepaid voucher number, which can be used for free high speed internet service through December 30, 2020, and a list of internet service providers that you can call to set up your service.
Who is eligible for the ABC Program?
The voucher is intended for students who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program. By using the voucher, you will be confirming that you meet the income requirements of the National School Lunch Program, which is limited to households earning $48,470 or less for a family of four. Please do not use the voucher if your household is not income eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Your attention to this will help ensure that households that need help connecting will receive it.
About the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students Program
Governor Kay Ivey has committed $100 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to deliver free internet access to eligible K-12 students in their homes this fall. The State of Alabama is using the funds to purchase internet service for low-income households with K-12 students so students can participate in distance learning. This service is being administered through the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students Program.
Get Ready to Participate
Once you receive your voucher letter, follow the steps below to get your students ready to participate in distance learning this fall. You will not be able to start the program until you receive the voucher letter.
- Your voucher covers the cost of equipment, installation fees, and internet service through December 30, 2020.
- Activation steps vary by internet service provider.
- You can use your voucher one time only, as described in the letter. It cannot be used in a retail store.
- Eligibility for the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students Program is based on enrollment in the National School Lunch Program.
Students in Alabama that are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program through their school are automatically eligible for the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students Program.
The letter eligible students will receive serves as a prepaid voucher from the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students Program and covers the cost of equipment, installation, and high-speed internet service through December 30, 2020. The voucher can be used once, with one internet service provider, to sign up for service for the duration of the program. Enrolled households will not receive any bills and will not be charged any additional fees by the internet service provider.
LeanStream Fast Pass Website for the ABC Program
T-Mobile and LeanStream have been selected as a provider under the ABC Program for Athens City Schools in addition to the list of service providers you will receive with your voucher letter from ABC. As a convenience for parents, LeanStream has set up a “fast pass” website for our families. This “fast pass” site will provide an expedited enrollment process in the ABC Program. You can find the LeanStream “fast pass” website at www.acs-k12.org/Page/2761
What if I already have an Athens City Schools Verizon Wifi Hotspot?
If you have already been issued an ACS Verizon wifi hotspot device but you want to take advantage of the free ABC Program, you can turn in your ACS hotspot with no fees incurred. You must turn in your ACS Verizon wifi hotspot by September 15, 2020. You can return your ACS hotspot to any school. Be sure to include your name with your device when you return it, either with a sticky note or other indicator.
Do you have questions or need assistance in Spanish?
Call the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students Program at 1-888-212-4998 or visit their website at www.abcstudents.org (website also available in Vietnamese and Lao).