The Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a government subsidy program that provides eligible households with a discount on broadband internet service and a one-time device discount. The program was created to help ensure that low-income households have access to high-speed internet, which is essential for work, school, healthcare, and more.
The ACP provides eligible households with a monthly discount of up to $30 on broadband internet service.
Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers with a co-payment of more than $10 and less than $50.
To be eligible for the ACP, a household must meet one of the following criteria:
- The household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. In 2023, that translates to a household income of $29,160 for a one person household or $39440 for a family of two.
- A member of the household receives a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
- A member of the household meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program.
- The household participates in one of the following assistance programs:
- Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Head Start
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Households can apply for the ACP online at GetInternet.gov. The application process is simple and only takes a few minutes to complete.
Households can also apply by mail or by calling 1-877-337-5692. Please note that there are for profit entities that will charge you for this free program, so be careful to go to the FCC website (getinternet.gov) to sign up.
Once a household is approved for the ACP, they will need to choose a participating internet provider. The ACP website has a list of participating providers in each state. Note at Yuma East, most residents subscribe to Spectrum which DOES participate. Visit https://www.spectrum.com/cp/broadband-get-qualified for more information on signing up with Spectrum for the ACP.
Note that you can switch to the ACP if you are either a new or existing Spectrum subscriber.
The ACP is a valuable program that can help low-income households in our Yuma East Community afford the internet service they need. If you are eligible for the program, we encourage you to apply today.
Next week, we will look at the ACP for cell phone service.