New Haven’s latest effort to close digital divide will help residents sign up for low-cost internet

NEW HAVEN — The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on a digital divide in New Haven, but the divide existed before then — and it continues to exist. Now, New Haven will provide more tools to help close that divide with a $250,000 federal grant.

A partnership between the New Haven Free Public Library, Elm City Communities and CfAL for Digital Inclusion will allow CfAL, a local technology education nonprofit, to hire four part-time staff who will conduct outreach and help people sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program. The ACP is a federally funded program that gives eligible households up to $30 a month to put toward internet services and a one-time discount of $100 to put toward a laptop, desktop computer or tablet if they contribute $10-$50 to the purchase.

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