LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Today, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to pass two motions (Item 3 and Item 4) spearheaded by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis to further digital equity in LA County.
LA County’s Internal Services Department (ISD) was awarded approximately $3.4 million from the State of California, which is almost 37% of the total amount of grant funding that was made available statewide.
In addition, ISD was awarded a $700,000 grant from the federal government. Out of 177 government agencies and community organizations across the nation awarded, ISD was among the 15 entities that received a grant ranging from $700,000 to $750,000, the highest range of individual grant awards.
“I thank our Internal Services Department for their relentless leadership in helping to delete the digital divide,” said Supervisor Solis. “It is because of their efforts that LA County will now have more resources to help deploy grassroots outreach so that our most vulnerable residents can participate in modern-day life and not be left behind.”
The awards will help to expand LA County’s campaign to promote the Affordable Connectivity Program, known as the ACP, which provides eligible households with a $30 subsidy for their monthly internet bill.
Moreover, the funds will also be used to help invest in interns for ISD’s Delete The Divide program. These interns will be stationed in select LA County libraries to assist residents in person with internet and computer support, and to help them enroll in the ACP.