What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?

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A benefit program offered by the Federal Communications Commission, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is to help low-income households stay connected.

The ACP provides a discount on internet service or cell phone plans to eligible households to make sure communication services are affordable for everyone. With discounts offered of up to $30 per month or up to $75 per month on qualifying Tribal Lands.

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?

Emergency Broadband Benefit program

You may have heard of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program (EBB), which helped families in need of internet service during the COVID pandemic.

This came to an end in December 2021 and the Affordable Connectivity Program was brought in as a permanent solution.

What does ACP cover?

ACP helps keep people who need it connected to an affordable broadband service. The FCC provides funding to eligible households which includes a discount of up to $30 a month or up to $75 a month for Tribal lands. Eligible households may also be entitled to a $100 one-off discount on a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet.

There is only one service and device discount per household, but there's another FCC program called Lifeline, which can help eligible low-income households save money on their phone service.

Who does the Affordable Connectivity Program benefit

These days we use the internet for everything including;

  • School work

  • Looking for jobs

  • Home working

  • Streaming and online gaming

So with the Affordable Connectivity Program, you can get a high-speed internet plan for free (if you get one for the price of your discount) or choose a more expensive plan that will suit your family's needs and pay the remaining balance.

Who is eligible?

The FCC has advised that a household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if either the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or a household member participates in one of the below assistance programs:

  • Free and reduced-price school lunch programs or the School breakfast program (including at U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Eligibility Provision schools

  • SNAP

  • Medicaid

  • Federal Housing Assistance; Housing Choice Voucher Program, Project-Based Rental Assistance, Public Housing, Affordable Housing Programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives, or Native Hawaiians

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • WIC

  • Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits

You could also be entitled if a member of the household has received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year or meets the standards for a participating provider's low-income internet program.

If you live on qualifying Tribal lands participants are eligible if they're part of one of these assistance programs;

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance

  • Tribal Head Start

  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

  • Tribal TANF

To apply for the ACP program you need to go to FCC qualify for lifeline tool .

Which internet and cell phone providers can offer ACP?

If you qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program you'll need to find a participating provider. You can check which cell phone companies and internet providers are available in your area with the Universal Service companies search tool.


If your household has an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or meets one of the other criteria you could be eligible for a discount on your internet.

With a discount of up to $30 (or up to $75 if living on Tribal lands) a month, means your internet bill could be free or at least more affordable.

We rely on the internet for so much these days and the ACP is there is help households get access whether that's for work, school, or just some family time streaming movies.