AB1588 would require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who are vendors to the State of California and public agencies funded by the State to promote the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and offer their own affordable and quality Internet subscriptions. It also sets standardized eligibility and service standards for the ISP affordable offers.
AB1588 is needed because research shows that far less than half of 5.8M ACP-eligible households in California are aware of the program or any other affordable offer. AB1588 directs State Agencies and ISPs to work together to inform these residents. Further, AB1588 will ensure that ISPs work with the State to secure renewal of a federal affordable Internet program when ACP funds have been expended.
We urge you to support AB1588 to ensure that all Californians will have access to quality affordable Internet service. It is time for the California Legislature to once again show the path forward for the nation to achieve Digital Equity for all residents.