The ABC for Students program will help households throughout Alabama access internet this school year
Our Goal: Broadband for Every K-12 Student
Over 200,000 Alabama students have been connected to broadband service through the ABC for Students Program. Governor Kay Ivey has committed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to deliver free internet access to eligible K-12 students in their homes this school year. The State of Alabama will use the funds to purchase internet service for low-income households with K-12 students so the children can participate in distance learning.
Here’s the latest information
- Transfer to EBBABC for Students provided a voucher for internet service through June 30, 2021. On that day, support for internet service through the ABC for Student Program automatically discontinues. However, all ABC for Students participants are eligible for the new national Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. The EBB provides a temporary discount of up toContinue reading “Transfer to EBB”
- ABC for Students is Extended through June 30, 2021A short time ago, Governor Ivey announced her intention to extend the ABC for Students Program until June 30, 2021 to enable continued distance learning by eligible Alabama schoolchildren during the second semester of school. This extension is made possible by the new Coronavirus response law that extends the use of CARES Act funds,Continue reading “ABC for Students is Extended through June 30, 2021”
To Improve Internet Service in Alabama, Take the SpeedSurvey Test
How fast is your internet service? Please take a few minutes to find out—and also help the State of Alabama improve internet service across the state—by clicking here and following a few simple steps.
The data from this effort will help document gaps in internet service and help the State close those gaps.
Right now, many homes and businesses are likely receiving far less than current federal definition of broadband internet access: 25 megabits per second (Mbps) download (receiving information over the internet) and 3 Mbps upload (sending out information).
But detailed data is needed to help solve this problem. To work toward giving all Alabamians access to 21st century broadband infrastructure, the State needs to understand exactly what’s available now—and that’s where you come in.