What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices. Qualifying Alaska households may receive up to a $75 per month discount on an internet plan. The ACP is limited to one monthly service per household. More information can be found at acpbenefit.org.
How it works:
- Check if you qualify and apply at acpbenefit.org
- Choose a participating provider such as Copper Valley Telecom
- Get up to $75 discount every month per household
Who is eligible?
Households with an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines or if any member of the household meets one of the requirements below:
- Qualifies for the Lifeline Program; or
- Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year; or
- Participates in certain government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, or other programs.
Most EBB participants will automatically transition to ACP without any further action on the household’s part. Households that qualified under criteria that doesn’t meet new ACP requirements will have a one-time opportuinity to provide qualifying ACP proof. If the new proof is accepted, the houshold will transition to ACP without further issue. Any subscriber not transitioned can apply as a new customer to ACP.
The federal government will notify non-qualifying (based on the orignal method of qualification for EBB) households of ACP so that they may reapply to the program using alternative qualifying criteria. All of Alaska is considered Tribal Lands for ACP; therefore, if you qualify, you will receive the same benefit amount as you did with EBB.