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The ACP: It's Not a Scam (and Here's Why You Should Apply)

In today's digital age, high-speed internet access isn't just a luxury—it's a necessity. It's the gateway to education, job opportunities, healthcare, and even staying connected with friends and loved ones. But for millions of Americans, the cost of internet service is a significant financial hurdle. That's why the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) came about.

Launched in 2021 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the ACP is a government program that provides eligible households with a discount on their monthly internet service. This discount can be up to $30 per month, or $75 per month for households located on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a desktop computer, a laptop, or a tablet. And, with the $30 a month discount provided by the ACP, some home internet plans are free.

No Strings Attached

Here's the catch (or rather, the misconception)—some people are hesitant to apply for the ACP because they think it's a scam. It is not. The ACP is a legitimate program, run by the FCC, a trusted government agency. The ACP was established and passed through the United States Congress to replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which was implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no hidden fees or catches, and you won't be bombarded with spam or telemarketing calls. Any information you provide in your application will be used only for the purposes of applying and getting you connected to the internet.

So, who is eligible to take advantage of the ACP? The program is open to a wide range of individuals and households, including those who:

  • Participate in certain federal assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid, or the Lifeline program.

  • Have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

  • Live on qualifying Tribal lands and meet the income requirement.

  • Already qualify for an existing low-income program with a participating internet provider.

Applying for the ACP is easy and straightforward. You can do it online in three easy steps at FreeConnect, a website dedicated to providing access to apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program. Apply now, or you can connect with the FCC directly and apply from there. You can also call the ACP helpline at 877-384-2575. Once you're approved, you can choose from a variety of participating internet service providers.

If you're struggling to afford internet service, the ACP is a valuable resource that can help you get connected. Don't let misinformation hold you back. The Affordable Connectivity Program is not a scam. Take advantage of this program and open the door to how the world moves, communicates, and takes care of business.

The internet is a powerful tool that can empower you and your family. Don't miss out on this opportunity to bridge the digital divide and unlock your full potential! To learn more, please visit now!

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