Affordable Connectivity Program

Get a discount of up to $30 on your monthly internet bill with the Affordable Connectivity Program

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet.

You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.

If your household is eligible, you could receive:

  • Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. To receive the connected device discount, consumers need to enroll in the ACP with a participating provider that offers connected devices (Note: not all internet company offer device discounts.) The internet company will provide the discount to the consumer.

Who Qualifies for the ACP Monthly Discount?

There are many ways households can qualify for the ACP monthly discount regardless of citizenship status. Households qualify for the ACP if: 

  • Households already participate in Lifeline or an existing discount internet program, like Internet Essentials 
  • Households qualify for:
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
    • Medicaid
    • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
    • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
    • Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools
    • Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year

    *You may need to show a card, letter, or official document as proof that you participate in one of these programs when you apply for the ACP.

  • If your income is 200% or less than the Federal Poverty Guidelines The guideline is based on your household size and state.

To learn if you qualify and to apply to the ACP program, click here.

NHMC invites you to join the Back to School Connectivity Challenge!

It is back-to-school season, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is urging you to join us in the Online For All’s Back to School Connectivity Challenge! NHMC, alongside various civil and human rights organizations, are partnering with Civic Nation for their Online For All campaign to spread the word and increase enrollment for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).  

In an increasingly digital age, it is imperative that students across the country have access to affordable, high-speed internet to stay engaged and excel in their education. The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated the digital divide among marginalized and historically underserved communities, particularly among Latino students as nearly 40% did not have broadband access at home. Poor internet connectivity significantly impacted remote learning for Latino students. It is vital that we support our students by ensuring eligible households are aware of and enrolled in ACP for the new school year.

Are YOU up for the challenge? Here’s how you can help! 

  1. Share information about the ACP with your community
  2. Add ACP sign-up opportunities into back-to-school events, including orientation programming, parent-teacher nights, and community events.
  3. Share your participation by posting online using #OnlineForAll

Join the Back To School Connectivity Challenge today and support millions of students across the country! NHMC thanks you for your help closing the digital divide for our students!

The ACP Week of Action is part of the launch of Civic Nation’s Online For All campaign, supported by NHMC and an array of organizations committed to closing the digital divide.

Millions could lose internet access next year — we can’t let that happen
by Brenda Victoria Castillo, Opinion Contributor – 07/17/23 1:30 pm et
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