News for those who live, work and play in the Santiam Canyon

Guest Opinion: Everyone should have access to reliable internet

I believe that now more than ever everyone needs access to fast, reliable internet, regardless of their zip code and regardless of their income. 

Despite their best efforts to notify people, few seem to know about two federal government programs that can help many Americans get free or reduced cost internet and phone service from their existing providers.

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and federal Lifeline Program could save people hundreds of dollars a year on their home internet and phone bills, and I think every single person and family that qualifies should be taking advantage of these programs. 

A family of four making less than $55,500 a year qualifies for ACP. Not all Santiam Canyon area residents who qualify are yet enjoying the benefit from these programs.

ACP helps households afford the broadband services needed for work, school and entertainment. Eligible households receive a discount of up to $30/month toward a qualified internet service, saving those who qualify up to $360/year. 

To look at it another way, since my company, Ziply Fiber, participates in ACP, our ACP Fiber 200 Plan, which includes a router, would be available at no cost.

Another federal program we’re proud to support is called Lifeline, which provides a discount of up to $9.25/month on internet, phone or bundled service, meaning that people could also qualify for this benefit on top of ACP. 

Lifeline is designed to help make sure that people do not have to choose between paying for internet or phone services.

More information on these programs can be found at and

Whether someone is currently one of our subscribers or uses another company, it’s important for people to check-in with their provider on the details of which program(s) they participate in and how to apply. 

ACP and Lifeline are great ways for residents to keep more money in their pockets each month.

Harold Zeitz, CEO Ziply Fiber

Previous Article

Nominate a Santiam Canyon hero

Next Article

State offers home tips in fire prevention month

You might be interested in …

Minto fish hatchery manager Greg Grenbemer speaks in front of the water barrier in the North Santiam River that routes returning salmon into the hatchery’s fish ladders.

Salmon returns set record at hatchery

This year’s run at the Minto fish hatchery is on a record pace, with 6,500 salmon and other fish counted by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials through Tuesday. One after another on Tuesday, […]

Vacancy declared on Gates City Council

The Gates City Council has declared a vacancy on the council. Applicants must be a resident of Gates for the past 12 months and be a registered voter in the city of Gates for the […]

Artisans and crafters display their arts at a 2020 Art Mart. The event returns Sept. 17 to Stewart’s Hall in Mill City.

Art Mart returns to Mill City

After a two-year hiatus, Art Mart rises from the ashes! The first Art Mart will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the newly renovated Stewart’s Hall, 158 SW Broadway, just […]