Broadband connectivity is an important tool for all Oregonians to have access to. The Extension Service wants to help make this a reality for all our communities.
Helping Oregon plan for broadband access and digital equity
The Oregon Broadband Office is committed to robust community engagement. Communities shared their ideas and expertise in summer 2023 to ensure that the State of Oregon Broadband and Digital Equity Initiatives deliver reliable, affordable, high-speed internet, and digital equity for all Oregonians. Thank you for attending the local meetings!
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The Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices.
The Affordable Connectivity Program will provide a discount of up to $30 per month towards broadband internet service for eligible households. Up to $75 per month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands
The Oregon Broadband Office was established to promote access to broadband services for all Oregonians in order to improve the economy and quality of life. The office will:
support and coordinate efforts with the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council;
develop and maintain a broadband map as a platform for data collection to track the availability of broadband services and measure progress as well as other related information and provide public access to the data;
develop broadband investment and deployment strategies; manage and award funds allocated to the office for broadband projects
Advocate for public policies that remove barriers, promote and coordinate solutions, support and promote broadband planning.
Link Oregon seeks to enhance research, education, healthcare, and access to public services and information across the state by supporting K-12 and higher education, university research, libraries, public healthcare organizations, Tribal facilities and other public and non-profit organizations statewide.
As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the President and Vice President worked with Democrats and Republicans to create the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which allows tens of millions of American households to reduce their internet service costs by up to $30/month (or $75/month on Tribal lands). To ensure the most efficient use of those public dollars and to deliver maximum cost savings to families, the Biden-Harris Administration has secured commitments from 20 leading internet providers—covering more than 80% of the U.S. population across urban, suburban, and rural areas—to either increase speeds or cut prices, making sure they all offer ACP-eligible households high-speed, high-quality internet plans for no more than $30/month.