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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Tracking coronavirus: Anaheim to offer rebate for internet access

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 15, 2020) — Starting next month, Anaheim residents can get help with their internet costs thanks to a new rebate program approved by the Anaheim City Council on Tuesday.

The Internet Access Rebate program will offer a rebate up to $120 for three months of internet service to qualified residents who have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis, with the goal of providing needed connectivity to those who are working from home or have children participating in distance learning.

Residents with an annual income up to $102,450 for a family of four can qualify for the program, which will be administered by Anaheim Public Utilities. Applicants must be enrolled in one of Anaheim Public Utilities’ other income qualified discount programs.

The amount of each applicant’s rebate will be based on the number of users in their household. For one to two users, it will be up to $60, for three to four users, up to $90, and for five or more users, up to $120 — typically paid in equal installments over three months.

Checks will be sent out within four weeks of submitting proof of internet service, such as a bill from your provider, and the program will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted.

The City Council has allocated $1 million for the Internet Access Rebate program.

Applications will become available on Oct. 1. Click here to learn more and to apply.

The rebate program is part of Anaheim’s ongoing efforts to provide relief and assistance to residents and businesses amid these challenging times.

Through the Anaheim Community and Economic Recovery Plan, the city has allocated $36 million to helping the community.

The funds have gone to help struggling renters stay in their homes and pay back rent, assist businesses in creating outdoor dining space and attracting customers, help small businesses with lost income, and direct aid to local nonprofits to help seniors, families and others in need.

The funding comes thanks to $33 million in federal assistance allocated to Anaheim to address coronavirus in the city, as well as other state and federal grants.

For more on the Community and Economic Recovery Plan, visit Anaheim.net/recovery.

For regular updates on coronavirus, see Anaheim.net/coronavirus.

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