Representative Lauren Underwood Visits the Pantry to Help Connect Families to Internet Service

August 30, 2023

Representative Lauren Underwood visited the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry in August to talk to neighbors about the Affordable Connectivity Program. The program helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service. The benefit provides up to a $30-a-month discount for internet service. A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.

“As you know, the internet has become really essential. It is essential for students in their day-to-day life,” said Representative Lauren Underwood. This program is a lifeline for so many to participate in modern times.”

Eligibility is based on income. A household is eligible for the program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

-Participates in SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline.

-Participates in the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program.

-Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.

According to Representative Underwood, an estimated 51,000 households in her district are eligible for the program but have not yet subscribed. To see if you qualify, visit GetInternet.gov.