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 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 access. 

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.

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Oregon Institute for a Better Way is in partnership with the following organizations and those represented on the website. 

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The Affordable Connectivity Program is administered by USAC with oversight from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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