The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program was the name of the previous initiative that assisted individuals in obtaining inexpensive internet service. The ACP has now taken the place of the short-lived program that was a component of the Corona Stimulus Benefits. More people are expected to be eligible for this new program than for the EBB, which is intended to be permanent.
Demonstrating that the household does not earn more than a certain amount is one approach to be eligible for the ACP. The following approximate maximum yearly incomes correspond to that threshold, which is set at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline:
– $27,000 for a single-person household
– $37,000 for a two-person household
– $46,000 for a three-person household
– $56,000 for a four-person household
Every additional person living in the household is entitled to an additional $9,100 in income. Furthermore, Alaska and Hawaii have greater federal poverty income thresholds.
One further method to be eligible for the ACP is to already be receiving benefits from a number of different programs, such as:
– Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
– Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
– Federal Public Housing Assistance,
– Free or low-cost school meals
– Student aid in the form of federal Pell grants
The internet industry and the government both acknowledge that real high-speed internet provides download speeds of at least 100 Mbps. A family of four may efficiently use the internet at the same time at this speed, and they can also use online chat services like Skype and download or stream high-quality video content.
The ACP gives qualifying households a monthly payout of $30. Because 20 internet service providers are providing all U.S. households that meet the requirements and are accepted for the ACP with genuine high-speed internet connection for no more than $30 per month, these households will essentially be able to gain online for free.
AT&T, Comcast, Cox Communications, Verizon, and other major carriers are among the twenty providers that are providing at least one real high-speed package at $30 per month or less to all ACP-eligible households. At least 100 megabits per second (Mbps) of download speed must be offered by the provider. In locations where more than 80% of Americans reside, these 20 providers together provide high-speed internet.
Visit ACPBenefit.org to complete an online application. You can also request a hardcopy application to be delivered to you (along with a paid return envelope) by calling 877-384-2575.
– Submit supporting paperwork via email or mail in hard copies to demonstrate your eligibility.
Completed online applications have the potential to be approved in a matter of minutes upon submission.
To activate your discount, get in touch with a partner internet service provider after your application has been accepted. The discount will be added to your bill; you won’t get cash out of it immediately, and the maximum amount of the discount is equal to the monthly bill amount.
“Upselling” and related strategies are not allowed. Customers cannot be coerced by provider businesses to choose more expensive plans over less priced ones. It is not permitted to charge exorbitant sign-up or installation fees, for additional services or equipment. The provider businesses must be completely transparent, which includes providing correct download and upload speeds in a clear and precise manner, as well as disclosing all monthly expenses, including taxes and equipment fees.