If you or a veteran or know of a veteran who is struggling to afford internet service, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program may provide low-cost internet services.
The FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program provides a discount of up to $30 per month that can be used toward broadband service for eligible households, and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Also, qualifying households may also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers.
Who Is Eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program?
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program;
- Participates in one of these assistance programs:
- The National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
- Federal Public Housing Assistance
- 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)
The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. To find out if you qualify or to sign up, go to the White House’s Get Internet site or visit the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) through an approved carrier by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP, or by calling 877-384-2575.