The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is the FCC’s new program to help low-income households gain access to broadband in order to work, learn, and get healthcare.
Replacing the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, ACP is the long-term fund for internet affordability provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
While ACP uses a similar framework to EBB, both the eligibility and the discount have changed. Here’s what you need to know:
1. To qualify for ACP, households must have an income 200% below the federal poverty level or receive other assistance programs. For a full list of qualifying criteria, visit the FCC’s website.
2. Qualified EBB participants who want to transition to ACP can visit the FCC website for more details.
3. Households currently receiving a Lifeline benefit automatically quality but will need to opt-in with their service provider.
4. ACP eligible households can receive up to a $30 per month discount on their internet bill. The discount will show on your bill from your service provider. If your internet plan costs more than $30, participants are responsible for the remainder of the bill.
5. Before claiming your ACP benefit with your internet provider, you must apply first to ACP directly. Applicants may have to show proof of income (i.e. tax returns or pay stubs) or proof of participation in an assistance program (i.e. letter or official document).
Current and new customers are eligible to participate. To apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program, visit the ACP website. Once applied, participants should contact their provider to have the discount applied to their bill.
Hunter Communications is committed to providing internet service to everyone. That’s why we are proud to participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). To learn more, please visit our ACP page.