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HOUSING PROVIDERS

In December 2016, HUD published regulations requiring installation of broadband infrastructure in new construction or substantial rehabilitation of HUD-funded multifamily rental housing. The rule allows limited exceptions based on included requirements. View the federal regulations.But there are other ways to ensure your residents have access to the Internet.

HUD prepared a playbook to guide communities in the steps necessary to bridge the digital divide. View the Playbook, especially the chapters on Building Partnerships and Securing Funding.

INTERNET ACCESS

Many Internet Service Providers(ISPs) contributing to ConnectHome have extended their discounted services to low-income families throughout their footprint. View available stakeholder offers or visit EveryoneOn's website for affordable options in your ZIP Code.

Under Federal Communications Commission guidance, the Universal Services Administration Company extended the Lifeline program discount from phone to Internet service in March 2016. HUD-assisted residents qualify by virtue of their housing benefit, other programs that determine eligibility include Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. For more information, read the fact sheet or visit the website.