ST. CLOUD -- Low-income households will be able to get reduced-price internet service under a federal program called the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Twenty internet providers have agreed to discount prices of no more than $30 per month on high-speed internet plans for qualifying households.

According to a news release from Stearns County, those who qualify also will receive up to $30 per month in a subsidy which essentially makes the internet service at no cost to qualifying customers.

The program also offers a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from a participating provider.

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Estimates show as many as 40% of households in the country qualify for the ACP. To learn if you qualify, visit


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