The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet 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 tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Enrollment in the ACP is now open for households with at least one member qualifying under any of the following criteria:
- An income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines;
- Participation in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
- Participation in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
- Approval for benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
- Recipient of a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
- Eligibility for a participating provider's existing low-income program.
Households fully enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) as of December 31, 2021 will continue to receive their current monthly benefit until March 1, 2022. More information about steps current EBB recipients must take to continue receiving the Affordable Connectivity Program benefit after March 1, 2022 will be available in the coming weeks.
On January 7, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a draft Report and Order which, if adopted, would finalize rules for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Also accompanying the draft Report and Order is a draft Further of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
On December 31, 2021 the FCC launched the Affordable Connectivity Program. This longer-term program was created by Congress in the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, and replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. This investment in broadband affordability will help ensure households can afford the internet connections they need for work, school, health care and more.
- ACP application
- Application questions: ACPSupport@usac.org or 1-877- 384-2575 (toll-free)
- FCC Affordable Connectivity Program webpage for consumers
- FCC Affordable Connectivity Program overview webpage
- FCC Issues Further Guidance for Affordable Connectivity Program