The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), provides eligible households $30 per month off their internet bills through participating companies. Twenty leading internet providers, including United Way partners Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon, are participating in the program and offering ACP-eligible households a high-speed internet plan for no more than $30 per month. If eligible families pair their ACP benefit with one of these internet plans, they have the ability to receive high-speed internet at no cost.
There are three different ways to qualify for the ACP benefits, and households are eligible if they meet any one of the three qualifications below:
(1) Their income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines; (2) they meet the eligibility requirements for a participating broadband providers existing low-income internet program; (3) or someone in the household participates in one of the following programs:
· Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
· Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
· Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
· Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
· Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
· Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools – ALL PASD are eligible for this program because we are a CEP district
· Federal Pell Grant (received in the current award year)
· Certain Tribal assistance programs, including Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), and Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
Signing up is easy and can be done online, by mail, or through a service provider.