I recently learned that there is a government program to help low-income families in America purchase a device and connect to the internet. It is the Affordable Connectivity Program or ACP for short. I had never heard of this program. I am sure others probably have not heard of the Affordable Connectivity Program either. What good is it to give computers to students who may end up struggling to acquire and keep Internet service. Let us spread the word.
In America the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, pay bills, schedule appointments and other things. This may be a life changing program for many students and their families.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal Lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Here are the ways your household can qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP): a) Based on your household income (income is 200% or less than the Federal Poverty Guidelines) b) If you or your child or dependent participates in certain government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, or other qualifying programs. c) If you or anyone in your household already receives a Lifeline benefit
The Hendrick’s Foundation gives many computers to students in Jamaica. I have read that due to the mountainous landscape in Jamaica, it has been difficult to lay the necessary cables and maintain them. I have also read that the Jamaican government is offering free Wi-Fi in public places and subsidizing the cost of Internet Service. This is a valuable benefit for low-income families.
There are providers in America that families can contact to receive more information about the Affordability Connectivity Program (ACP) and sign up. One provider I have read about is IPC: Integrated Path Communications. They will answer all of your questions. They can help you determine if you are eligible for the ACP. If you are eligible, they will guide you through the application process. You may call their customer service support at 833-778-0321 toll free.
It is important our lower-income community of families have access to the Internet. Please spread the word about this possible life changing program.