There is a government benefits program that will give you a discount on your internet bill.
Many people who qualify for Medicaid or SNAP may also qualify for the program.
The Affordable Connectivity Program, formerly known as the Emergency Broadband Benefit, will help those who are struggling afford the internet.
Affordable Connectivity Program benefits explained
Once the pandemic hit, many people were in need of WiFi for school and work, among other things.
The ACP was passed on Dec. 31, 2021.
This gives eligible Americans a discount on their internet bill worth $30.
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A one time payment of $100 toward a computer or tablet is also given.
10 million households currently use the program.
A new list of criteria was created for families to sign up for the benefit.
Your income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty line.
It is required you be in another benefit program like SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, SSI, Lifeline, or public housing.
Your child must have been in the free lunch program between 2019 and 2020 until now.
If you’re in any of the tribal specific programs you qualify.
Applying for the benefits
You can apply for the program here.
You’ll also need to contact your internet company to find a plan and apply the discount.
It is up to the household to contact the provider and apply for the program.
You must reapply for this program if you were previously in it before it changed.