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Internet connections made easier

Feb 4, 2024 | Lifestyles

A fast, reliable Internet connection is essential to many of our daily lives. However, many Americans still struggle to stay connected. That’s where the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) can come in.

ACP extends the Internet subsidy for families in need that began under the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. Falling under the $1.2 trillion 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 at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
• Participants in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline.
• Participants in tribal-specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
• Participants in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.
• Anyone who received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
• Everyone who 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.
— NAPS

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