For over a year, Copper Valley Telecom has proudly been a participating provider for the Emergency Broadband Benefits (EBB) Program launched by the Federal Communications Commission. This temporary program provides financial assistance to families struggling to afford internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. EBB subsidizes up to $75 a month for household internet services in Alaska. Customers who qualify for both EBB and Lifeline can even combine those programs for added savings.
Since the launch of the EBB program, the FCC has recognized a need for a long-term solution for affordable internet access and developed the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). ACP eligibility requirements are broader than those of the EBB program, allowing subsidies for more people who need it. As with the EBB program, qualifying customers can also utilize the new Affordable Connectivity Program with the Lifeline program to receive additional subsidies.
Prior to the implementation of ACP in March 2022, there will be a 60-day transition period to migrate customers who are currently receiving EBB benefits. Once eligible customers begin receiving ACP subsidies, they will need to recertify their eligibility annually.
To learn more about and apply for EBB and ACP programs, visit acpbenefit.org, or give us a call at 800.235.5414, and our Customer Service Department will be happy to assist you.
Are you eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program?
The answer is yes if your household has 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
- Has been approved to receive school lunch benefits under the free and reduced-price lunch program or the school breakfast program; or
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income program (subject to approval by the FCC); or
- Received assistance through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)