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  • Tom Sgouros

Getting Low-income Households Online



The Federal Communications Commission is accepting enrollment in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), the nation’s largest broadband affordability program. Thanks to funding support in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, millions of families who previously could not get online or struggled to pay for this modern-day necessity are now connected. Eligible low-income households can receive a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service and up to $75 per month for eligible households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.


A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if:

  • Their household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, about $60,000 a year for a family of four or $29,000 a year for an individual;

  • Anyone in the household, including children or dependents, participates in certain government assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, Federal Housing Assistance or others;

  • Anyone in the household participates in the National School Lunch Program or the School

  • Breakfast Program;

  • Anyone in the household received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;

  • Anyone in the household already receives a Lifeline benefit; or

  • A household may also qualify for the ACP through a participating provider’s existing low-income program.   

The FCC is encouraging local governments and community organizations to help publicize this

opportunity. Consumer outreach materials are available at https://www.fcc.gov/acp-consumer-

Spanish and ASL informational videos about the program.


Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the

Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online application ("https://www.getinternet.gov", catchy no?) or one that uses regular mail (call

877-384-2575 to request one).

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