According to reports, 20 ISPs, including Verizon, Comcast and AT&T, have promised the US government to offer low-income households faster internet service for free. ΤThe President of the United States will meet with executives of these ISPs and reveal the agreements. These commitments are also part of the so-called Affordable connectivity program (ACP). The White House says the program could help eligible U.S. households reduce their Internet bills by $ 30 per year. In addition, with the latest commitment, tens of millions of households are eligible for ACP countries will receive free internet access. A senior administration official also told the conference call that the companies made the commitments voluntarily.
About 48 million households, or nearly 40% of households in the United States, are eligible for this broadband benefit. However, to ensure that eligible households benefit from this offer, the US government will launch a website (GetInternet.gov) that provides details on how to sign up and find participating ISPs in their area.
The White House said in February that more than 10 million households had registered with the ACP, the largest broadband payment plan in the country’s history.
As far as the ACP program is concerned, the FCC had that to say
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit plan that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband access they need for work, school, healthcare and more. The allowance provides a discount of up to $ 30 per month on Internet service for eligible households and up to $ 75 per month for eligible tribal households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $ 100 to purchase a laptop, desktop or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $ 10 and less than $ 50 to the purchase price.
Eligibility for ACP
If the household income is less than 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines, then it will be suitable for ACP. In addition, if a household member meets any of the following criteria, then the household will be eligible
- Recipient of the Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income Internet program.
- Participates in any of the following assistance programs:
- National School Lunch Program
- School breakfast program
- USDA eligibility provision.
- Federal Public Housing
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans ‘pension or survivors’ benefits
- or Lifeline?
- Lives in qualifying tribal lands:
- General Assistance of the Office of Indian Affairs
- Tribal TANF
- Food distribution program in Indian reservations
- Tribal Head Start (based on income)