Verizon’s Fios Forward makes FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program ‌widely‌ ‌accessible

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Verizon has announced its Fios Forward initiative has made free high-speed internet available to over 11.5 million low-income homes entitled to FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

The news comes months after the company pledged to offer reliable and free internet access through its Citizen Verizon scheme ‌that promotes economic, environmental, and‌ ‌social‌ ‌advancement.


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The move encourages eligible ACP customers to connect to their virtual jobs, classrooms, healthcare, etc.

“In today’s world, connectivity is critical, and Verizon is taking a stand to ensure cost barriers won’t stand between customers and the most reliable home internet,” explained Verizon.

Verizon Fios' 100% fibre-optic internet for qualifying ACP subscribers comes free with download and upload speeds starting at 200Mbps, the fastest available in the market.

Commenting on additional discounts, Verizon said its Maryland Broadband Benefit program offers ‌a discount of up to $15 per month to Maryland customers who are enrolled in ACP.

Additionally, the firm assures no hidden cost barriers, extra fees, or router costs for its internet service.

"Responsible business — through programs like ACP — is and has been part of our core strategy to improve economic, environmental and social advancement,” said Hans Vestberg, Verizon chairman and CEO.

“Through our Citizen Verizon efforts and a pledge of $3 billion, we have made great strides to help those who need access to technology the most. Our ongoing work with the government and across the industry to put the power of technology in the hands of more families across the country remains paramount as we continue the important work to help bridge the digital divide,” added Vestberg.