Get to know our Roots
Oregon Institute for a Better Way, a nonprofit organization working on the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) was awarded funding for this action through the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in a grant under the title "Roots of Connectivity". Oregon Institute for a Better Way in partnership with the National Grange, our mission is to bridge the digital divide and ensure that everyone has access to affordable and reliable broadband.
Oregon Institute For A Better Way is on a mission to create a brighter future for the next generation. We believe that science, innovation, and technology play a critical role in achieving this goal. However, we recognize that access to affordable and reliable broadband is necessary to make this possible.
In today’s digital age, having access to broadband internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity. It is essential for education, job opportunities, and access to information. Unfortunately, not all communities have the same access to critical resources. Roots of Connectivity is working to change that.
By advocating for affordable and reliable broadband access for all, the Institute is helping to level the playing field and provide equal opportunities for all to branch out. We recognize that access to broadband is essential for economic growth, innovation, and social progress. By planting the seeds of opportunity through broadband access, the institute is helping to create a brighter, more equitable future for everyone.
What Is the ACP?
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a program designed to help bridge the digital divide by providing affordable and reliable internet access to individuals and families who may otherwise lack access due to cost or infrastructure limitations. The program offers a range of services, including low-cost internet plans, free or discounted devices, and digital literacy training. Its goal is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from the many opportunities that the internet provides, such as education, job opportunities, healthcare, and more. The ACP works with local governments, non-profit organizations, and internet service providers to expand internet access and create a more equitable society. The ACP was created in response to the growing recognition of the importance of internet access in modern society. While internet access has become increasingly essential for daily life, many households still lack access, particularly in low-income communities and rural areas. This digital divide can create significant barriers to education, job opportunities, and access to important services, exacerbating existing inequalities. To address these challenges, the ACP works to expand internet access and digital literacy in communities across the United States. The program works with a range of partners to offer affordable and reliable internet services to those who may otherwise be unable to access it. This includes low-cost internet plans, free or discounted devices, and digital literacy training to help individuals and families navigate the digital landscape. By providing access to the internet and digital tools, the ACP seeks to help individuals and families break down barriers to success and create new opportunities for themselves and their communities. Ultimately, the ACP envisions a future where everyone has equal access to the internet and the opportunities it provides, creating a more connected and equitable society.
Letter to Grange
I hope this message finds you well. As we navigate through challenging times, your involvement with the Grange community has been invaluable, especially your participation in the national Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This initiative is more than just a program—it's a lifeline for countless families, ensuring equitable digital access for all.
Today, I'm reaching out from the Oregon Institute For A Better Way with an urgent call to action. The ACP is facing potential funding challenges, and it's crucial that our collective voices are heard to continue the support this program desperately needs. Due to this funding hold the ACP enrollment process will freeze tomorrow Feb 7 2024 at 11:59pm.
How You Can Make a Difference:
Community Interaction: Engage with your local community to discuss the importance of the ACP. Your experience and insights are invaluable in spreading awareness.
Educate and Empower: Utilize your knowledge to educate others about the ACP and how it empowers communities. The more people know, the stronger our advocacy becomes.
Read and Share Our Letter: We've attached a detailed letter explaining the urgency of this situation and our efforts to advocate for the ACP. Please take a moment to read and share it within your network.
Spread the Word: Share this letter with community leaders, friends, family, and anyone who can support this cause. The more voices we gather, the louder our call for action.
Act Now: The deadline for ACP applications is fast approaching. Your prompt action can make a significant impact.
Your role in this initiative is crucial. With your support, we can ensure that the ACP continues to provide essential services to millions of households. Let's come together to advocate for sustained support and funding for this vital program.
Thank you for your time, dedication, and continuous support. Together, we can create a lasting impact and ensure digital connectivity for everyone.
Oregon Institute For A Better Way
Resolution to Recognize and Support the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) as Essential Infrastructure for Equitable Access to Resources
Whereas, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) has been a pivotal force in diminishing the digital divide, providing essential internet access to underserved communities; and
Whereas, in our increasingly digital world, access to reliable internet is crucial for education, healthcare, and maintaining social connections; and
Whereas the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the critical need for digital connectivity for remote learning, telemedicine, and virtual communication; and
Whereas equitable access to these digital resources is paramount for ensuring full participation in the 21st-century economy and society;
Be it resolved that:
1. The ACP be Recognized as Critical Infrastructure: This body recognizes the Affordable Connectivity Program as a crucial component of the nation's infrastructure, ensuring equitable access to the internet for educational, health, and social purposes.
2. Commitment to Advocacy and Funding: We commit to advocating for sustained and increased funding for the ACP to ensure its ongoing efficacy and reach.
3. Enhancing Accessibility and Awareness: This body resolves to enhance the accessibility of the ACP through simplification of application processes and amplification of public awareness campaigns, targeting the most vulnerable populations including low-income families, seniors, and residents in rural areas.
4. Encouraging Collaborative Efforts: We encourage collaboration between government bodies, educational institutions, healthcare providers, and private entities to augment the impact of the ACP, especially focusing on innovative solutions for connectivity challenges.
5. Implementing Robust Data Collection: We support establishing comprehensive data collection and reporting systems to assess the effectiveness of the ACP, ensuring its adaptation and improvement over time.
6. Advancing Public Awareness and Advocacy: We resolve to engage in continuous advocacy and educational efforts to raise public awareness about the ACP's role in achieving digital equity.
7. Future-Proofing the ACP: We advocate for the regular updating of the ACP, incorporating technological advancements to ensure the program remains effective and relevant in the rapidly evolving digital landscape.
In adopting this resolution, we affirm our dedication to recognizing and supporting the Affordable Connectivity Program as an indispensable element of our national infrastructure, key to achieving equitable access to vital digital resources for all citizens.