As the digital revolution continues to grow, a new question has started to arise. Has internet access become a fundamental human right at this point? Just like water, electricity, and a home, the internet has now become essential for everyday living. The internet has touched every aspect of our daily lives. This is where the Affordable Connectivity Program comes in.
In this article, we will go over the Affordable Connectivity Program. Who qualifies for it, and how do you apply for this program.
What is the affordable connectivity program?
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program that helps many low-income households by providing discounts. These discounts are up to $30 for internet service and equipment costs. Qualifying households may also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a computer or tablet from participating providers.
20 leading internet providers in the U.S. have joined this program. They offer high-speed internet plans for no more than $30 per month and discounts on equipment purchases. This program is run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Who qualifies for the affordable connectivity program?
To qualify for this program, there are a few requirements that need to be met. You would need to meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
- Participates in other Government Assistance Programs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Lifeline, etc
- Granted the Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
- Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program
These are just the most common requirements, but your mileage may vary. I know everyone’s situation may differ, so it’s always a good idea to check the most recent requirements to see if you are eligible.
How to apply for the affordable connectivity program?
In order to apply, you would need to submit an application on the official affordable connectivity program website, affordableconnectivity.gov. You can submit your application online, or by mail, if you prefer.
You should also contact your preferred provider to see if they have a participating plan in their program. As mentioned above, 20 leading internet providers in the U.S. have joined this program, but not all. Your mileage may vary, depending on your location.
This program is intended for those that don’t have high-speed internet access or struggle to afford it. High-speed internet access has become essential. It’s basically required in school settings, when applying for jobs, paying bills, accessing the news, and more!
If you need high-speed internet access or know someone struggling to afford it, this program might just help! Make sure you let them know of this program and utilize it.