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Community Internet Program

About

The Community Internet Program (CIP) will allow any Internet Service Provider (ISP) free access to the roofs of DC-owned buildings, operated by the Department of General Services, to install service antennas if they commit to providing resident connectivity with high-speed connections (200 Mbps up/200 Mbps down or higher) at reduced or no cost to households eligible for the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). These antennas will serve as neighborhood hubs that will feed internet to residential properties – all at no cost to DC.

 

“Every DC resident deserves access to low or no-cost, high-speed internet to live, work, and thrive,” said Mayor Bowser. “And as President Biden reinforced last week, programs like this are giving you a little more breathing room, a fair shot to the opportunities and necessities the internet provides in the digital age. It’s these types of innovative approaches that I’ve challenged my Build Back Better Infrastructure Task Force to come together to recommend across our city.”

 

“Access to our roofs is a valuable financial opportunity for ISPs and we are excited many appear to be ready to provide the speeds necessary to keep you and your family well connected, access the online training to find your fair shot, and communicate with your loved ones when you want,” said Lindsey Parker, DC’s Chief Technology Officer. “We are asking these providers to commit to the equity and accessibility values our Tech Together DC partners envisioned as well as put forth maximum outreach efforts by helping knock on doors and close our internet connectivity gaps once and for all.”

INTERESTED INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS

To find out how you can participate, please fill out this short interest form.

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First Participating Broadband Provider

WeLink

WeLink has committed to be our first partner in this initiative. WeLink expects to begin installing their neighborhood hubs in Wards 5, 7 and 8, starting in the Trinidad community, within the next 30 days.  

  

This is going to benefit not only residents who qualify for free or reduced internet through the federal program, it is also going to benefit our entire community by increasing competition for good service. 

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BE THE NEXT PARTNER!

Interested Residents

If you are a DC Resident and need assistance or have questions about the Affordable Connectivity Program please call 202-724-1494 or email techtogether@dc.gov.

TAKE A SPEED TEST

Use this Ookla Speedtest to test the performance and quality of an internet connection.