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Lt. Governor Primavera Announces Statewide Initiative to Increase Affordable Connectivity Program Adoption

A Coalition of Local Leaders and Community Partners Will Increase Awareness of Federal Program That Provides $30 per Month Towards High-Speed Home Internet.

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DENVER – February 22, 2022 – Lt. Governor Primavera today announced a statewide initiative to increase awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a long-term benefit to help eligible households pay for high-speed internet. 

The ACP is a $14.2 billion federal broadband benefit funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that provides eligible households with a monthly discount of up to $30 per month (up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands) and a one-time $100 discount toward a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Over 792,000 Colorado households are eligible for the ACP, while only 23% of those eligible have enrolled. 

The Colorado ACP Act Now initiative unites a broad coalition of 71 partner cities, community-based organizations and trusted institutions in partnership with EducationSuperHighway (ESH), the national non-profit with a mission to close the broadband affordability gap. 


Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera; Evan Marwell, EducationSuperHighway; Mark Colwell, Colorado Broadband Office

Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera; Evan Marwell, Founder & CEO, EducationSuperHighway and Mark Colwell, Colorado Broadband Office Launch ACP Act Now: Colorado


The coalition of partners will have access to resources to help them overcome the complex awareness, trust, and enrollment barriers that prevent households in the nation’s most under-resourced communities from enrolling. Resources include email marketing templates, social media campaigns and a pre-enrollment tool, Local community leaders can use these resources to get the word out about the ACP and help eligible families enroll. 

“Reliable internet access is essential for daily life, especially for education, healthcare, connecting with loved ones, and accessing government services,” said Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera. “Our administration is committed to connecting over 99% of Coloradans to affordable, high-speed broadband in the next five years, no matter where you live in our great state.“

ACP-eligible households include families with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and those who qualify for Lifeline, SNAP, Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch, WIC, and other government-funded programs. The new initiative will leverage state channels to directly promote the ACP to households in these programs and unite local governments, community-based organizations, and trusted institutions to reach unconnected households. 

EducationSuperHighway will support statewide awareness efforts by training community leaders and partner organizations and providing outreach materials and tools to help households enroll. The non-profit recently launched, a virtual mobile assistant that simplifies the ACP enrollment process by providing real-time support to help eligible households determine the easiest way to qualify. The mobile website is available in four languages and helps applicants overcome critical barriers in the enrollment process by helping them identify the documents needed when applying and find “free with ACP” broadband plans available in their area.

Combined with commitments by Internet Service Providers to deliver high-speed internet plans for no more than $30 per month, eligible households can receive high-speed internet at no cost by pairing their ACP benefit with one of these “free with ACP” broadband plans.

“The Affordable Connectivity Program can bring high-speed home internet to millions of unconnected households. Colorado is leading the way in accelerating adoption by ensuring eligible households know about the program, can easily enroll, and then sign up for high-speed internet service,” said Evan Marwell, CEO of EducationSuperHighway. “We applaud the Polis-Primavera administration’s bold leadership in removing the barriers that keep millions unconnected.”   


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Alamosa Public Library
Archdiocesan Housing
Basalt Regional Library
Beulahland Communications
Bridging Digital Divides
Broomfield Public Library
Brush School District
Burlington School District
City and County of Broomfield
City of Arvada
City of Aurora
City of Castle Pines
City of Greeley
Clearnetworx, LLC
CoCreate, LLC
Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind
Colorado Community Action Association
Colorado Mountain College
Colorado State University System
Community College of Aurora
Community Computer Connection – C3
Concorde Career College
Connected Communities
Denver Mayor’s Office of Social Equity and Innovation
Denver Regional Council of Governments
DISH Wireless
Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Association
Force Broadband
Fort Collins Connexion
Fort Lewis College
Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado
Jewish Family Service of Colorado
La Plata County
Larimer County
Lincoln County Bookmobile
Littleton Public Schools
Live Wire Networks
Lone Cone Library
Loveland Public Library
Loveland Pulse
Lyons Communications
Naropa University
Nucla-Naturita Telephone Company
Nunn Telephone Company
Pathfinder Broadband
Pine River Library
Plains Cooperative Telephone
Range Telephone Cooperative
Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
San Luis Valley Broadband Coordination Office
Starry Internet
Teach by Tech
Telluride School District
Town of Breckenridge
Town of Eagle
Town of Ordway
Town of Red Cliff
Tri-Lakes Cares
University of Northern Colorado
Upper Pine River Fire Protection District
Ute Mountain Communication Enterprise
Visionary Communications
West Custer County Library District
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