As we continue to navigate the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, eligible customers will have a new federal program to help them stay connected online. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), open for enrollment December 31, 2021, will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program that was introduced in May of 2021.
What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides assistance to households experiencing financial challenges in the wake of COVID-19. The Federal Communications Commission is restructuring the Emergency Broadband Benefit program into the longer-term ACP with funding from the Infrastructure Act recently passed by Congress.
As of December 31, 2021, eligible non-Tribal households may receive a maximum monthly benefit of $30 to put toward internet service. Eligible Tribal households will continue to receive up to $75 monthly through the Affordable Connectivity Program.
Am I eligible?
Eligible households will meet at least one of the criteria listed here:
- Enrolled in SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, SSI, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Lifeline
- Receives benefits in the free or reduced-price school breakfast or lunch program
- Awarded a Pell Grant during the current award year
- Participates in Tribal-specific programs
- Earns an income at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines
Learn more about ACP eligibility.
What if I’m currently enrolled in Emergency Broadband Benefit?
If you’re enrolled in Emergency Broadband Benefit before December 31, 2021, you can take advantage of up to $50 in program benefits during the 60-day transition period through March 1, 2022.
Can I change my internet service plan?
If you are currently enrolled in EBB, you may change your internet service plan starting on December 31, 2021. Please review our internet service plans and let us know if you would like to switch to a different one.
There will be more information about the Affordable Connectivity Program coming soon, so check back often for updates.