In today’s digital age, internet access is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity for education, work, and healthcare. Recognizing this, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a significant step toward ensuring that every household can afford the broadband they need1.

The ACP: A Boon for Schools and Students

The ACP has been particularly beneficial for schools and students. With discounts of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households (and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands), the program has made online learning more accessible than ever1Additionally, eligible households can receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers1.

For schools, the ACP has been a game-changer. The program has enabled schools and libraries to purchase essential digital equipment like laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots, ensuring that students and staff stay connected even during challenging times2.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility for the ACP includes households with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or those participating in certain assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline. Households with children eligible for free and reduced school lunches, Pell Grant recipients, and those who are unemployed can also qualify1.

Application Process: How to Apply for the ACP

As of now, the ACP is no longer accepting new applications due to the enrollment freeze on February 8, 2024. However, households enrolled before the freeze will continue to receive benefits through the final month of ACP service, provided they are not de-enrolled under FCC rules1.

For those who were eligible and managed to enroll before the deadline, the process involved visiting to submit an application or print out a mail-in application. Applicants then contacted their preferred participating provider to select a plan and have the discount applied to their bill

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