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Why is internet important?

Having internet means our children can receive the education they deserve. Having internet means we can apply for jobs, SNAP, community events, and schools. Having internet means we're able to stay connected with loved ones, set up appointments with our doctors, and research the best options available. Our communities now need internet to participate in the 2020 Census. Let's try to get connected to low-cost internet now before we miss out on yet another opportunity. Text "internet" to 211-211 to find out more. Internet means we're connected to the world around us - get connected soon!

How the digital divide affects our families

Access to the internet is essential in everyday life, almost akin to running water and electricity. With the 2020 Census being administered online this year, getting harder to count individuals connected to the internet is more important than ever. While many people access the web through smartphones, a reliable high-speed connection is needed to complete homework, search for and apply for jobs, manage health care, connect with family and friends, and access resources.

Who is eligible for low-cost internet services?

  • Families that receive CalFresh food assistance (SNAP) or MediCal
  • Families that have children who receive free or reduced-price school lunch
  • Seniors over the age of 65 who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Note: individuals must live in areas served by, Spectrum, Frontier, or AT&T. Eligibility requirements and speeds vary between service areas and companies. By applying the consumer understands the internet company may run a credit check in order to determine eligibility.

Enroll in a low-cost internet subscription and take the Census online when it becomes live.

See if you qualify to have internet for $10/month by texting “internet” to 211-211. Once you're connected, you can fill it out from the privacy of your own home. #CountUnited #CACensus2020 #Census2020

High-Tech Census

The 2020 Census is available online this year for the first time in US history. Census data is used to allocate funds for programs and services for our communities. But - not everyone has access to the internet. Rural communities and low-income households are finding it extremely difficult to participate online. United Ways of California (UWCA) is teaming up with the California Public Utilities Commission to offer referrals to low-cost internet services. Our goal is to connect as many people as possible to the internet so they can participate in the 2020 Census. Join our communications campaign to learn more!

Text "Pledge" to 211-211 to receive updates and key dates about the 2020 Census.

Visit our website to learn more! broadband.unitedwaysca.org/census

Have questions? Email us! census@unitedwaysca.org

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