The Affordable Connectivity Program’s goal is to provide affordable high-speed internet for eligible households. They’ll provide discounts for the households’ internet service and technological devices bought from an internet provider.
Eligible households include those enrolled in government programs, participants of tribal programs, recipients of Federal Pell Grants, and other programs. Part of the criteria is based on household income.
Applicants must submit an application through GetInternet.Gov and contact their participating internet service provider to select a bill plan to be discounted. However, it’s noted that only one monthly and device discount can be applied per household.
Additional Things To Note
They advise people to check with their service provider, as some may not offer a device discount. In some cases, the ACP may require individuals to send a proof of eligibility by sending a copy of their documents through National Verifier or by mail – which should include a cover letter.
If a different household member receives the eligibility, a Household worksheet needs to be submitted. Only one person is eligible for ACP, and they must share their benefits with household members. Breaking this rule will cause their benefits to be revoked by the FCC.
Ever since the program was established, more have been advocating and spreading the word to help communities to enroll. Government-operated organizations, educational institutes, and other establishments have since further spread the word.
The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)’s website has also provided outreach resources for communities to use to educate their community with the matter, supported in different languages and providing a tracker to see the success of the ACP Outreach Program.
Programs like these show the improvements that can be applied to communities to equally accommodate household needs that are easily affordable for even low-incomes. Many have also been expressing their voices to spread the word.