How To Get $30 A Month Off Your Internet Bills Through ACP

Rising inflation In the United States, Internet bills have seen price increases, raising fears that the struggle for users to pay could affect education, communications and employment for millions.

The Biden administration announced Monday that 20 Internet service providers had agreed to cut prices and provide high-speed Internet access to eligible users in the US as part of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The program can reduce the cost of the internet for users with up to $30 per month, or up to $75 per month if they live in Tribal lands. The money is not paid to the users, but is spent directly on the internet service providers.

“High-speed internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity,” the White House said in a statement. “But too many families are without high-speed Internet due to cost or have to cut back on other essentials to make their monthly Internet payments. Lowering prices — including the cost of high-speed Internet — is President Biden’s top priority.”

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The US government is encouraging millions of Americans to sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program. Pictured: An internet user is working on a laptop.
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ACP-eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to help them purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating carriers. Internet service providers, including industrial giants like AT&T and Verizon, and smaller companies like the Jackson Energy Authority in Tennessee, have agreed to offer tens of millions of ACP-eligible households high-quality Internet plans for no more than $30 a month.

The ACP was initially launched in December to replace a temporary plan called the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB).

Who can apply?

According to the White House briefing, experts estimate that about 48 million households — or nearly 40 percent of the homes in the country — qualify for the ACP.

To date, more than 1,300 Internet service providers are participating in the program and more than 11.5 million households have signed up for the ACP benefit.

Households are eligible for the program if their income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level or if they meet certain criteria, including participation in the following programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Special supplementary feeding program for women, infants and children (WIC)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Aid for Public Housing (FPHA)
  • Veteran’s pension and survivor’s benefit
  • Free school lunch program or school breakfast program at a discounted price, including at schools eligible for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) community benefits
  • Federal Pell Grant (received in current award year)
  • lifeline
  • Certain tribal assistance programs, including Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (only households meeting the income qualification standard), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), and Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

How do you apply?

Applications depend on several factors, such as whether the household had already signed up for the previous EBB benefit, or whether users are already Lifeline subscribers. In those cases, Internet users should contact their provider directly to discuss the ACS.

There are three ways to apply for the ACP. Interested households can complete the ACP application form online, download and print a form to mail, or contact their Internet service provider directly.

Links to the online form, an eligibility check, a list of participating ISPs, and mailing address details are all provided here

Where can people get help?

More details and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be found on a dedicated page of the Federal Communications Commission website, in several languages.

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