The Affordable Connectivity Program
During the Covid-19 pandemic, quality internet has become a vital element that keeps us all in touch with co-workers, classmates, family, and friends. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created a temporary program that allows for low-income families to receive discounts on their broadband bills. Not only will it allow for discounts, but it will connect eligible households to jobs, healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and more.
The Affordable Connectivity Program will provide a discount of up to $30 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or table from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. It is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Who Is Eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program?
A household is eligible if a member of the household meets just one of the criteria below:
- Has an income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or 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;
- Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school year;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income program.
Eligible households can enroll by visiting ACPbenefit.org.