LAS CRUCES – A federal program launched during the pandemic helps low-income families pay their monthly internet cost – sometimes covering the whole bill. But many people across Southern New Mexico are unaware of the program or have had problems signing up.

Thursday, July 6, local internet access advocates formally announced a $300,000 funding award for boosting awareness about and helping people sign up for the home internet subsidy, known as the Affordable Connectivity Program. The ACP pays families up to $30 per month (or $75 for tribal members) for internet.

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