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August 3, 2020 dasbury Blog

Free Internet for Qualifying Families

Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students Vouchers

VOUCHER LETTERS WILL START ARRIVING AS EARLY AS MONDAY, AUGUST 24.

BE WATCHING YOUR MAIL.  MAILING TO THE ADDRESS ON FILE WITH YOUR SCHOOL.

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Letter will look like this…  

ABC Sample Letter Page 1ABC Sample Letter

On Friday, July 31, Governor Kay Ivey announced $100 million in CARES Act funding has been allocated for a public-private partnership to increase access to internet for K-12 students attending school in the fall who may need internet service for distance learning. The program, called Alabama Broadband Connectivity (ABC) for Students, will provide home internet access vouchers for families of students currently eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, or other income criteria. The vouchers will help cover equipment and service costs for high-speed internet service from the fall through Dec. 31, 2020. Providers will contract with the state through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to provide the service using existing lines and technologies. Families with children who receive free or reduced school lunch will be notified via a mailed letter in August with the program expected to run August through Dec. 30, 2020, in accordance with CARES Act guidelines. ADECA will administer the program and a website to assist Alabamians with questions as the program nears its launch can be found here.