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Bridging the Digital Divide

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

In Tarrant County, where over 30% of households survive paycheck to paycheck, every dollar counts to make ends meet. Through our financial empowerment focused-programs, United Way of Tarrant County offers ways for these families to have more money available to cover daily expenses.

Like many others, John Romero* and his family face the challenges of juggling work, family, and finances. Looking for ways to cut costs, John discovered the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a lifeline that has significantly impacted their household. 

Administered locally by United Way of Tarrant County, the ACP is a Federal Communications Commission initiative designed to connect families and households struggling to afford internet services. This benefit provides a monthly discount toward broadband service for eligible households and a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers. 

With help from the ACP, John’s monthly internet bill went from $70 to $25, saving the family around $600 since they joined the program last year. These savings have been a game-changer for the Romero family, allowing them to allocate extra money each month toward essentials like groceries and gas.

In an increasingly digital world, having internet at home is crucial. It helps families access education, job opportunities, health care and other important resources. The Affordable Connectivity Program, aimed at bridging the digital divide, not only makes the internet more accessible but also eases financial burdens for families like the Romeros.

As we strive for a more connected and equitable society, initiatives like the Affordable Connectivity Program are critical in ensuring that every family, regardless of their economic circumstances, can stay connected and thrive.

To learn more about the ACP and to see if you’re eligible, visit

*Name shared with permission.