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Alabama using CARES funding to help provide internet access to students, Madison County Schools says not a scam

Madison County Schools stressed that while this program may seem like a scam, it is real.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — As many schools start to go virtual this school year, Gov. Kay Ivey has committed $100 million in CARES act funding to help provide internet access to students across the state.

According to Madison County Schools, the funding will be used to deliver free internet access to eligible students grades K-12 in their homes this fall. 

The Alabama Broadband connectivity for Students program will provide free internet access to eligible students who are enrolled in the National School Lunch programs through their schools.

Here's what Madison County Schools said you should expect:

  • A Letter will arrive in the mail within next 5 to 10 days 
  • A Voucher will be included 
  • It will Include a list of internet providers in your area 
  • You will need to contact a provider 
  • Provide your code to the provider 
  • Your account will be set up and paid for by the state

The district said that if your student is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch through their school, they are already enrolled in the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students program.

Madison County Schools stressed that while this program may seem like a scam, it is real.

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