K-12 Internet Access Program

Updated 4/30/21

Transitioning Families

The current Internet Access Program (IAP) administered through OSPI is set to end on June 30, 2021. As we plan for this transition, we want to take a moment to thank you for your extraordinary efforts in connecting your district’s families with broadband services and ask for your continued support as we move to this next phase.

Starting in early May, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will implement the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. Families currently being supported by district funding will be required to end services with current providers in order to enroll in the EBB program. To enroll families, the FCC will be utilizing the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) for the enrollment process (see resource links below).

Communications

Communication to families from trusted partners such as your school district, is critical to successfully transitioning families to EBB. We have gathered a number of resources to support communications with families as well as help you answer questions.

Additional communication materials are being developed in multiple languages and will be available at the FCC Outreach Toolkit page.

Resources for Districts:

  • Department of Commerce EBB Overview Presentation (.PDF attached)
  • “Template” communications for families (SMS/Email)

Resources to share with families:

Ways to Enroll


The K–12 Internet Access Program connects students in need to internet access at home with no cost to the student or their family.

Through the program, students whose families are low-income and are not currently connected to the internet can get connected through the end of the 2020–21 school year for free.

To be eligible for the program, students and their families must:

  • Not have had internet connectivity in the home prior to August 2020.
  • Be able to show they are low-income and eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Learn more about this program by visiting the OSPI website at the following link: 
https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/press-releases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources/k%E2%80%9312-internet-access-program
 

If you have questions about the K-12 Internet Access Program, please contact the District Office at 360-383-9200.

 

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