What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?

Patty Terhune

WHAT IS IT?

The Affordable Connectivity Program  is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet service.

The benefit provides:

  • Up to $30/month discount for internet service;
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guide lines;
  • 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 Affirs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
  • Is 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;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadbhttps://www.fcc.gov/acpand provider’s existing low-income program.

To see if you are eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and to apply, visit https://www.fcc.gov/acp.