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Affordable Connectivity Program

What is ACP Program?

To provide affordable data to people of low socio-economic status, the US Government is benefitting thousands of households under its latest Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is offering low-income Americans discounts on monthly broadband connections and linked internet devices under its ACP program presently.

What are the benefits of the ACP Program?

The ACP program can benefit the qualifying customers in the following ways:

Reductions on broadband services of up to $30 per month. 

  • Customers who reside on certain tribal territories are eligible for increased funding, which can amount to up to $75 per month for internet services.

  • Consumer eligibility, provider engagement, product availability, and FCC/Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) clearance are basic requirements to get benefits from ACP services and devices.

  • The eligible consumers are also given FREE tablets along with cheap broadband and cell phone service. The program also provides a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.

  • Also, if a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet is purchased through a partner supplier, the program offers a one-time device discount of up to $100. Consumer co-payment for the one-time discount must be higher than $10 but less than $50.

Who Can Enjoy ACP Program Benefits?

  • An unemployed person.

  • An individual belonging to a family has a combined household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

  • People who take part in Government Assistance Programs including Lifeline, SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, Federal Public Housing Assistance, and Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefits Fund.

How Can ACP Program change lives?

Several government efforts and programs have been put in place to support accessible internet access to date. Keeping in view to provide affordable broadband services to people, the ACP program was introduced for low-income Americans.

  • Affordable Connectivity Program will help in bridging the technological gap for low-income people and families.

  •  Access to affordable internet can help people in finding jobs. Many job possibilities are posted and accessed online in the current digital era. Access to affordable connections facilitates job searching and application for low-income people. 

  • Access to online learning platforms, tutorials, and courses is made possible by affordable connections, which can benefit people's skills, employment, and overall economic prospects.

  • Several social assistance programs of the US government are available online. The people of the low-income group will also be able to apply for these programs with the use of the Internet.

How to verify eligibility for ACP Program?

Consumers must present documentation confirming their participation in one of the aforementioned programs.

  1. The name of the consumer or the Benefit Qualifying Person (BQP);

  2. The name of the applicable program, for example, SNAP;

  3. The organization that published the document—whether it was the government, a Tribal body, a program administrator, a school, a school district, a university, or a college;

  4.  A date of issue within the last 12 months or future expiration date with the below-mentioned exceptions:

  5. Documents must be from the current school year or the school year immediately preceding the application for the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Programme or School Breakfast Programme, including at US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools.

  6. Documents must prove that the student is enrolled in a CEP school for the relevant school year (the student must still be enrolled in the CEP school at the time of the application) for USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools. Acceptable paperwork includes the student's name, the relevant school year, the school's name and address, and contact information.

  7. Documents from the student's school (college or university, community college, or career school) or the Department of Education that demonstrate the student has received a Pell Grant for the current award year are required for Federal Pell Grants.

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