(MoneyHippo.com) – In the age of technology, accessing the Internet to connect with the online world is essential. Unfortunately, the expense can be too much for many Americans who fall below certain income levels, cutting them off from news, banking, education, healthcare, and work. In March, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) implemented the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), making the Internet accessible to more people across the country.
The program provides qualifying families with up to a $30 per month discount on Internet services and up to $75 per month for those on tribal lands. The ACP also allows for a one-time voucher of $100 toward purchasing a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet as long as the eligible applicant contributes money toward the device.
To qualify for the program, your household income must be at or “below 200%” of the federal poverty level. If you already participate in certain assistance programs like Medicaid, SNAP, or WIC, you may already be eligible for the benefit. The household might qualify for the ACP discount if children receive free or reduced-cost lunches at school.
Before applying, find out if your local Internet company participates in the program. If they do, click here to fill out an application, print and mail a copy for processing, or sign up directly through the participating provider.
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