What is the FCC Affordable Connectivity Program?

Today’s internet is not just a source of near-endless entertainment options, email messages, and social media connections. From providing opportunities to work from home to receiving telehealth online from healthcare professionals to remote learning, connecting to high-speed, reliable broadband internet isn’t a luxury or even a mere convenience. High-speed broadband internet is now an indispensable part of our daily lives.

And high-speed internet from S&T provides the dependable broadband service you and your family need to stay productive, healthy, safe, and fully interconnected to the global economy.

While we strive to price our services affordably, we understand that paying for internet can sometimes be a challenge. That’s why we want to ensure all our customers are aware of a new program from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to assist people in getting connected to broadband: the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Read below to learn more about how this program works, if you qualify, and how much you can save each month on broadband service.

The FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program in a Nutshell

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides discounts on monthly internet bills to qualifying individuals to help purchase high-speed broadband internet service.

Participation in the program is based on financial need, and several ways exist to qualify for the ACP’s benefits. If you qualify, enrollment is a simple, two-step process, and once completed, your discount will be automatically applied to your monthly broadband internet service bill.

Keep reading to learn more about this program!

The ACP’s Benefits

Participants in the ACP can receive savings of up to $30 per month for broadband service. That discount is a significant chunk of the typical monthly broadband service cost and can put high-speed internet access within reach for many people.

Best of all, the discount comes off your bill each month—no rebates or other action is required. The discount is limited to one monthly service bill per household.

Qualifications to Participate in the ACP

The ACP’s benefits are available based on financial need. There are several ways to qualify for the program:

1. Your income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines;

2. You already qualify for and participate in programs like Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly called Food Stamps), Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;

3. You already receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program;

4. You received a Federal Pell Grant (for higher education) during the current award year.

How to Enroll in the ACP

Enrollment is a simple, two-step process.

First, visit acpbenefit.org and follow the steps to completing and submitting an application. You can apply online on that website or, if you prefer, print out and mail the completed application.

Second, contact S&T to select a plan and apply the program’s discount to your bill.

Remember that both steps are required to enroll and receive the discount—application through the ACP website and contacting S&T to choose your plan—so please complete these two steps.

For more information about the Affordable Connectivity Program, visit sttelcom.com/acp or acpbenefit.org. And to stay on top of the latest news and information about broadband internet access and services, be sure to follow S&T on Facebook and Instagram.