Access Free/Low-Cost Internet Through New Federal Program
North American Precis Syndicate
(NAPSI)—A fast, reliable Internet connection has become a critical part of our daily lives. From remote learning and working to networking and searching for jobs, Americans everywhere felt an online shift during COVID-19.
And, while the country gradually recovers from the pandemic, the collective need to stay connected remains stronger than ever.
Enter the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
ACP extends and makes permanent the Internet subsidy for families in need that began under the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. Falling under the $1.2T bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the ACP is part of a $65 billion broadband Internet initiative designed to bring affordable or even free Internet service to families who qualify.
Eligible households can save up to $30 a month, or up to $75 if they reside on tribal lands.
So, who qualifies? Here’s a glance at the different criteria from the FCC of which one or more is required:
• Household is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
• Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline.
• Participates in tribal-specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
• Participates in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.
• Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
• Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income Internet program.
Visit fcc.gov/acp for more details and call 844-844-WIFI (844-844-9434) to find a participating provider nearby.
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)
(NAPS) Rural, low-income and tribal communities can stay connected for less with the Affordable Connectivity Program.