AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM
WHAT IS THE AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM?
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal program administered through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that assists households who are struggling to afford internet service.
Who is Eligible for the ACP?
Households are eligible if their household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines OR one member of the household meets at least one of the following criteria:
- Is a Pell Grant recipient (in the current award year)
- Is eligible for a participating internet service provider’s existing low-income internet program (example: Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program)
- Participates in one of the following:
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits
- Lives on Qualifying Tribal Lands and participates in one of the following:
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Tribal TANF
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
- Tribal Head Start (income based)
What is the ACP benefit?
Households that enroll in the ACP can receive:
- Up to $30/month towards broadband service*; AND
- A one-time credit of up to $100 towards a laptop, desktop, or tablet purchased through a participating provider
*Households living on Qualifying Tribal Lands can receive up to $75/month towards broadband service.
1. Go to AffordableConnectivity.gov to submit an online application or print a mail-in application.
2. Contact your preferred internet service provider to select an eligible plan and apply your discount to your bill.
Not sure if your internet service provider has elected to participate in the ACP? Check this list of participating providers.
FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS
If you are a small internet service provider, you can register as a participating provider in the ACP.
1. Register with SAM.gov using this guide. This step obtains a Unique Entity Identification Number (UEI), which will be needed in the following steps. If your entity is already registered on SAM.gov, verify that your registration is active.
2. Obtain a Federal Communications Registration Number (FRN)
3. Get FCC Approval. If your entity is an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC), skip this step.
4. Submit Election Notice to USAC