It’s been one year since the launch of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) – a federal initiative that provides free or discounted high-speed broadband to qualifying households across the country.
Why it matters: Closing the digital divide is a national priority. The Affordable Connectivity Program – and its partnership with internet service providers (ISPs) – plays an important part in enabling millions of Americans to access the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.
What’s the Latest on the Affordable Connectivity Program?
- As of December 2022, more than 15 million American households have enrolled in the ACP and are receiving free or discounted high-speed internet.
- Each month, the number of program participants grows by about 500,000 households.
- In total, 51.6 million households are eligible to benefit from the ACP.
How Does the Affordable Connectivity Program Work?
Here’s a quick rundown: The ACP provides a subsidy of up to $30/month towards internet service for eligible households (up to $75/month for those on Tribal lands). ISPs participating in the program have rolled out high-speed plans with 100 Mbps download speeds of $30/month or less for ACP customers.
By applying their subsidy to these plans, households that qualify for ACP can receive high-speed internet at no cost.
How Do You Sign Up for the Affordable Connectivity Program?
It’s easy – visit the ACP website and complete these three steps.
- Find out if you qualify.
- Apply for the ACP either online, by mail, or by contacting your current internet company.
- Use this tool to find an internet company that offers ACP discounts and contact them.
Addressing America’s digital divide requires a multifaceted approach, with the Affordable Connectivity Program being a pivotal component. For more information on what is being done to increase broadband accessibility, click here.