The broadband subsidy program known as ACP, for Affordable Connectivity Program, is helping to improve education and employment opportunities for consumers, according to a new report from broadband provider Bluepeak.

The research indicates that subscribers in ACP households benefitted from finding jobs, applying for financial aid or college, doing homework and taking part in distance learning.

Another significant benefit is that having home internet has helped some become first-generation college graduates, according to the report.

Among the broadband subsidy report’s findings:

  • Nearly three quarters (73%) of ACP households, had moderate-to-significant improvement in their ability to access the internet.
  • More than one-in-four (28%) Bluepeak customers used home internet to apply for financial aid or to attend higher education. That share jumped to 85% for college students and 46% for families with school-age children.
  • Nearly half of respondents (44%) had improved educational opportunities or achievements
  • More than four-in-five (81%) of households with school-age children, said internet access improved their communication with their child’s teacher.
  • More than one-in-four, (27%) gained skills or certifications through their home internet connection. The figure was double for college students

The FCC’s ACP is designed to help qualified low-income households pay for internet service. Under the ACP program, eligible households may receive a discount on internet service of up to $30 per month. Households on qualifying tribal lands can receive a discount of up to $75 per month. The FCC is trying various ways to boost program participation, including the streamlining of applications, although funding for the program is expected to run out next year.

“We’re very proud of the our work to bring fast, affordable, reliable internet to our communities,” Lana Frank, Bluepeak chief commercial officer, said in a prepared statement. “The customer feedback from this survey is a powerful illustration that Bluepeak service and the Affordable Connectivity Program are having positive impacts on education, employment, and lives, bridging the digital divide for those who need it most.”

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