Announcement made at a White House event with Vice President Kamala Harris, Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel, Senior Advisor Mitch Landrieu
Today, at a White House event with Vice President Harris, Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel and Senior Advisor Mitch Landrieu, the Biden-Harris administration announces that more than 10 million households are enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity program, the largest broadband network in the country. affordability program. The Biden-Harris administration is committed to removing barriers to affordable high-speed internet access. Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, millions of families who previously couldn’t get online or struggled to pay for this modern necessity are now connected.
The President and Vice President have made it a top priority to ensure that all Americans have reliable and affordable high-speed Internet access to learn, work, and participate in the 21st century economy. Broadband connectivity is vital for work, school, healthcare and more. But affordable broadband remains out of reach for too many people, with an estimate showing nearly one in three internet users worry about paying their internet bills during the pandemic. President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the entire administration have pledged to change that through the implementation of the broadband provisions of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act that address broadband affordability. Internet service, a modern necessity.
WHAT IS THE AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM?
The Affordable Connectivity Program is the nation’s largest broadband accessibility program. Created by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, it is a $14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency Broadband Benefit. Low-income households are encouraged to apply for a discount of up to $30 per month on internet service and up to $75 per month for eligible households on tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time rebate of up to $100 toward the purchase of a laptop, desktop, or tablet from participating vendors if the household contributes more than $10 and less of $50 to the purchase price.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM?
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, or if a household member meets at least a of the criteria below:
- Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
- Participates in tribe-specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Indian Reservation Food Distribution Program;
- Eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current year; Where
- Meets the eligibility requirements of a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income Internet program.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM?
The FCC joins ACP outreach partners in hosting ten local registration events in different parts of the country over the next month. These events will raise awareness of the program and train basic sailors on ACP eligibility and the registration process. Event times and locations will be announced in the coming days. You can learn more about the Affordable Connectivity Program and register to become an Outreach Partner by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP. To find a list of participating providers in the program, please visit www.fcc.gov/affordable-connectivity-program-providers. To enroll in the Affordable Connectivity Program, eligible households should visit www.ACPbenefit.org, or send an application, household worksheet and supporting documents to ACP Support Center, PO Box 7081, London, KY 40742. More information on how to apply can be found at https://acpbenefit.org/how-to-apply/ or by calling (877) 384-2575.
WHAT CAN I DO TO RAISING AWARENESS FOR THE NATION’S LARGEST BROADBAND AFFORDABILITY PROGRAM?
- Enroll Today: Eligible households can enroll in the Affordable Connectivity Program by visiting www.ACPbenefit.org or by calling (877) 384-2575 to request a mail-in application.
- Help your community sign up: The FCC is mobilizing people and organizations to help share important information about the new Affordable Connectivity Program. Sign up today as an Enrollment Partner at www.fcc.gov/ACP.
- Spread the word: do you organize school parcel drives or a local food drive? Print flyers to include in collection documents. Print your choice of flyers in a variety of sizes and languages by visiting www.fcc.gov/acp-consumer-outreach-toolkit
- Connect with Anchor Institutions: Make sure your local schools, libraries, and community centers know about CPA and have the information they need to help their eligible students and patrons enroll.
- Share information about the CPA on social media: The FCC has ready-to-release graphics, videos and public service announcements that you can share with your network. Download sample charts/explore gallery here www.fcc.gov/acp-consumer-outreach-toolkit.
- Request a speaker for an event: Got a local event coming up? Do you host a local news show? Want to train your members to become local program ambassadors? Ask a speaker to share more information about the Affordable Connectivity Program by emailing [email protected]