The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is offering a benefits program to make internet services more affordable.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. In addition to this monthly discount, individuals may receive a one-time discount on a laptop, computer, or tablet purchase if bought through a participating provider.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
To qualify for this program, the household must meet at least one of these requirements:
- If the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s low-income internet program;
- Participates in one of these assistance programs:
- Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools.
- Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program
- Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/202/811
- Public Housing
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits
- or Lifeline;
- Participates in one of these assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal lands:
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Tribal TANF
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
- Tribal Head Start (income based)
- Affordable Housing Programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiians