The FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal benefit program that helps ensure households have the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and other necessities.
The ACP provides a discount of up to $30 per month for internet service and up to $75 per month on qualifying Tribal lands. Households that meet the eligibility requirements can receive a one-time reduction of up to $100 off the price of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 to the purchase.
The program is restricted 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 home meets at least one of the criteria below:
- Has an income 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 the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
- Receives free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast benefits, such as through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year.
- Has received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income program.
Two Steps to Enroll
- 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 apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is designed to ensure that everyone has access to the internet. The program replaces the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit.
It provides households with a $30 discount per month on their internet service and up to $75 per month if they live in an area where Tribal lands are located.
Households can also receive a one-time laptop or desktop computer at no charge when they contribute more than 10% of its cost towards it (up to 50%) through the Lifeline program. If you’re looking for affordable connectivity options, check out your eligibility by visiting ACPBenefit.org today!
About Link Up LIVINGston
The Link Up Livingston project aims to reduce the digital divide in Louisiana by providing high-speed internet access.
After witnessing firsthand what it’s like not to have a stable connection at home or at work because of slow speeds, State Representative District 71, Buddy Mincey Jr.’s office established this committee.
The committee aims to provide education about the Affordable Connectivity Program, support for small businesses, and affordable internet access.
For more information, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook.