AccessMerced Broadband Project
The County of Merced recognizes that broadband is an essential, critical infrastructure for the economic growth of the region. Furthermore, the advancement of technology and infrastructure associated with broadband will play a key role in the economic future and quality of life of the county. As such, the County of Merced has entered into an agreement with Magellan Advisors, in partnership with the City of Merced, to work alongside the 6 incorporated cities and the unincorporated communities to prepare a broadband strategic plan for the county. The broadband strategic plan will include key policy directions for broadband expansion and development, and will aim to enhance public and private investment in technology infrastructure to improve overall access to broadband and strengthen the economic competitiveness of the region.
Low Income Programs
Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet. This program provides eligible households with the $30/month toward their internet service, and a one-time payment of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desk computer. You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.