Ouachita Broadband Initiative

High-speed internet is now a need by every household.  Broadband internet ensures households have adequate internet speed for working from home; students can attend online classes, telehealth, and other basic everyday needs in the digital world.   Furthermore, The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized this need for our community.  Ouachita Parish is working to help expand Broadband throughout the Parish by working with internet service providers, establishing a Citizens Advisory Committee, and participating in Federal and State Funding.

Broadband Citizens Advisory Committee

Steve Wallace – Chairman, Wynn Lawrence – Vice Chairman,
Katie Miers, Antonio Christian, Jason Goodson,
Cresencio Jackson, Renee Arrington

State Broadband Grant Program (GUMBO)
The first round of Gumbo grant program awards was announced, 357 locations in Ouachita Parish.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Ouachita Parish Public Library joins partners in the digital literacy initiative.  CLICK HERE for more information.

FCC Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

The ACP is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.  The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

For ACP information, CLICK HERE.