Affordable Connectivity Program
What happened to the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB)?
If you are currently enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) you will continue to receive your normal benefit until 3/1/22. At this point EBB will stop and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) will begin.
If you qualified for EBB based on participation in another assistance program like Lifeline, no action should need to be taken to enroll in ACP. Your benefit will automatically switch to ACP. If you qualified for EBB based on loss of income in 2020, you will need to reapply for ACP.
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) gives you the chance to pay less for your internet:
- Up to $30 per month for broadband services purchased by eligible households and up to $75 per month for households located on Tribal lands.
- One-time discount of up to $100 on purchasing a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if you contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Applications are now available. Only one monthly internet service discount is allowed per household.
Sign Up for ACP
We cannot sign you up for ACP, but we can help guide you through the process.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You are eligible for the ACP if one member of your household…
- Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline.
- Consumers who are eligible for both the ACP and Lifeline Program can apply for and participate in both programs, up to the full cost of their monthly broadband service.Click here for more information.
- Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
- Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year.
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income program.
- Has an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines before taxes:
|# of people in household||At or below this income before taxes|
|9 or more||add $10,280 for each additional person|
What is Lifeline?
- Lifeline provides up to a $9.25 monthly discount on service for eligible low-income subscribers and up to $34.25 per month for those on Tribal lands. Subscribers may receive a Lifeline discount on either a wireline or a wireless service, but they may not receive a discount on both services at the same time.
Can I have Lifeline and ACP at the same time?
- Yes, you can be enrolled and use both ACP and Lifeline. If you already have Lifeline, you can give an ACP-participating internet service provider your Lifeline application ID to enroll in one of their ACP plans. (Check out participating AZ internet service providers.) If you already have ACP and want to enroll in Lifeline, you’ll still need to apply for Lifeline. (APPLY HERE)
- NOTE: If you are already enrolled in your internet service provider’s ACP plan, signing up for Lifeline may cause issues with your active ACP application ID. You may need to reapply to your internet service provider’s ACP plan with your new Lifeline application ID.
Various broadband providers, including those offering landline and wireless broadband, are participating in the ACP. Depending on where you live, you may have a choice of providers. Check with the broadband providers in your area to learn about their plans for program participation and eligible service offerings.
Connect Arizona is researching and reaching out to participating internet service providers to provide you with as much information as possible.
Participating broadband service providers can be reimbursed up to $100 if they supply a connected device to a household, as long as the household pays more than $10 but less than $50 for the device. In other words, to take advantage of this benefit, it must be done through your participating broadband provider, and you must contribute a portion of the cost. The device benefit is limited to a laptop, a desktop computer, or a tablet. It does not include cell phones. Each household is limited to a single device.
No, the Affordable Connectivity Program provides a monthly discount on broadband service of up to $30 per eligible household (or up to $75 per eligible household on Tribal lands). The Federal Communications Commission will administer the benefit through the Universal Service Administrative Company or USAC. FCC payments will be direct to the internet service provider (ISP), not the household.
Click here to figure out the best way to for you to apply based off your circumstances or apply now by choosing one of the options below:
ACP Support Center
PO Box 9100
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18773
Contact Your Broadband Provider
Ask your provider if they participate in the ACP, or use USAC’s online tool to find a participating company near you. Participating companies can help you apply through the National Verifier or through their company’s application process.
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