Affordable Connectivity Program
On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which provides $14.2 billion to modify and extend the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) to a longer-term broadband affordability program called the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that helps ensure households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more. The program will end when funds are exhausted.
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
- Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline
- Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
- Participates in the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income internet program.
ASL video - who is eligible and how to apply -https://youtu.be/sMiLCTtoTo8
If your household is eligible, you can receive:
- Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
To receive the connected device discount, consumers need to enroll in the ACP with a participating provider that offers connected devices (Note: not all internet companies offer device discounts.) The internet company will provide the discount to the consumer.
- Go to ACPBenefit.org to submit an application or print out a mail-in application.
- Contact your preferred participating provider to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill.
Some providers may have an alternative application that they will ask you to complete. Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.
For questions about the Affordable Connectivity Program in general, please visit the FCC website at www.fcc.gov/acp