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The Affordable Connectivity Program Can Help SSI Recipients Get Internet Access

March 24, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: May 25, 2022

Internet access is now necessary for work, school, healthcare, and more. However, for many households, it remains unaffordable. The Federal Communications Commission wants everyone to access reasonably priced internet services. We recently launched a new program to reduce the cost of getting online.

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides a discount of up to:

  • $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households.
  • $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 toward purchasing a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. To qualify for this one-time discount, households must contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

You can learn more about applying for ACP – and see if you’re eligible for the discounts – on the ACP website.

Any household with an individual who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is eligible to receive discounted internet service through the ACP. Social Security doesn’t count ACP assistance as income or a resource for SSI purposes. Receipt of this assistance will not affect your SSI payment. You may also be eligible, if your household participates in other assistance programs, such as:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Medicaid.
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance.
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
  • Lifeline.

If you don’t receive SSI or participate in another qualifying assistance program, you may also be eligible if your household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

There are additional ways to qualify. Go to our Affordable Connectivity Program page to learn more and apply. If you have questions, you’ll find a consumer FAQ that can help, along with a list of participating internet service providers sorted by state.

Cost shouldn’t be a barrier to getting online. Being connected can help you find job opportunities and access telehealth services, saving you time and transportation costs. And with affordable internet services, students no longer need to rely on public Wi-Fi hotspots to do their homework or for distance learning.

As of February 2022, more than 10 million households have already enrolled in the ACP program. That’s an exciting threshold, but we know many more eligible households that are not yet enrolled. Please help us spread the word about ACP with your families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

For more information about the program, please email ACPinfo@fcc.gov or call 877-384-2575.

The ACP helps close the digital divide.


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  1. Sandra s.

    I need to keep it hush hush about my name change

  2. James F.

    I’m on SSDI for life am I eligible for ACP benefits program?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, James.  Thanks for visiting our blog. You can learn more about applying for ACP – and see if you’re eligible for the discounts – on the ACP website. We hope this helps. 

       

  3. Price B.

    Everyone loves discounts

    • Deborah L.

      I receive SSI and it just isn’t enough this is my only. Income

      • Deborah L.

        This is my only source of income and I sure could use the help

      • Ann C.

        Hi, Deborah. We are sorry to hear about your situation. You may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include free meals, housekeeping help, transportation, or help with other problems. To get information about services in your area and find out if you qualify, you will need to contact your state or local social services or welfare office. We hope this helps.

         

         

    • LeAnn

      I seen something where it said that you could get help with stuff like clothes & toys my daughter get SSI she has sensory problems I can barely afford clothes she has toys that it would be nice to be able to afford things like puzzles to help her actually learning without feeling like I’m having to make her. I feel so horrible for her she wears a six ex at 11 so that makes it even harder trying to find clothes that don’t have cartoon characters on them. She has it hard enough at school as it is. She’s going backwards and it’s obvious she is way behind although the teachers just seem to pass her on through cuz that’s what they getting singers to do basically. On top of that I just want to cry I can’t find my programs around my area I can put her in for after school stuff is sad. She can’t do anything other kids do I see the house all day because we can’t afford nothing. She already stays depressed enough ideas just like I do from having this day in the home that are apartments with an emotionally or psychologically abusive grandparent above us intriguing everyday sorry but it’d be very appreciated if you now of any kind of help hanging United Way does not help around here not with things like that.

      • Ann C.

        Hi, LeAnn. We are sorry to hear about your daughter’s condition and your situation. You may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include free meals, housekeeping help, transportation, or help with other problems. To get information about services in your area and find out if you qualify, you will need to contact your state or local social services or welfare office. We hope this helps.

  4. Johnny

    I usually get my ssi payment a few days early for past months and have not received it early this month. Has my disability been terminated?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Johnny. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  5. Amber

    Can u please assist me in this moto g phone and the plan bc I have no idea how to get the free phone, what to even say to them … I get SSI and I’ve also been approved for this program and live in Florida. Please get back to me via my number 850 775-9693 or my email ambermichellesaxon@gmail.com AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE
    THANKS AND TEXTING ME IS EASIER

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Amber. Thanks for visiting our blog. You can learn more about applying for ACP – and see if you’re eligible for the discounts – on the ACP website. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. Thanks, again! 

  6. Teofilo U.

    Hola me llamo Teofilo Uchupaille

  7. Phillip M.

    they will not qualify SSDI

    • LLorraine T.

      Hey thank you for your time; Are you sure Phillip? May I please ask how do you know this?

  8. Sherri J.

    I would like to get help to get ACP, I receive SSI and Medicaid

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Sherri. Thanks for visiting our blog. You can learn more about applying for ACP – and see if you’re eligible for the discounts – on the ACP website. We hope this helps. 

  9. Melissa S.

    I have SSI and applied for the ACP an was approved so I went to a bunch of phone stores an asked questions until I finally settled with MetroPCS by T-Mobile & got the phone an plan I wanted, which was a Moto G w/Stylus pen ($259.00) free an the $60 plan for $40 a month! I’m was thrilled, however I am still not understanding how to get a laptop with $100 down from them an $10-$50 down from me? Where do I go & what do I do to get this?

    • Cheryl C.

      I don’t know how to get the 100.00 computer. I really do need one. I live near Richmond Va.

      • Ann C.

        Hi, Cheryl. Thanks for visiting our blog. You can learn more about applying for ACP – and see if you’re eligible for the discounts – on the ACP website. We hope this helps. 

        • Silver C.

          You can direct everybody to the ACP website all day long but if we apply for this stuff on that website do you really not realize that that’s the same place we looked for the computers on. I have not talked to anybody in person or online and I mean that’s through every social media platform I get on YouTube talking about not being able to do it Twitter Facebook Instagram you name it nobody can seem to figure out how to get these computers. But now I will say I did find a place that sells refurbished computers that is I guess going through this system with the government but they’re not in my area and there are twice the price of a new one. But for anyone who isn’t necessarily needing a computer I do know Metro PC will do a tablet instead of a phone I’m pretty sure AT&t does too they’re not that great but anything I guess is better than nothing don’t get the data for the tablet like you do the phone and I know it don’t make sense but you know how these places are they up prices three times just to make it look like they lower them. And no offense to the government because my daughter is special needs I’m grateful for any help I can get but this is being disaster I’ve had problems with my phone being hooked up to the service and the fact that it is through the government and the government can’t even do anything to help sorry if the cell phone company won’t help government won’t help then basically you’re out of luck and they don’t care neither place. So good luck and be careful cuz I for one had my sims card hijacked or whatever and it’s been a mess I find it crazy that I did not have a problem until I signed up through the government program and my car is being used but it was prepaid I can’t get nothing about it and I’ve had old telephones my kids play on phone number taking and hook back up somehow on my account with my and could provide my password before it was changed and still couldn’t get help I’m currently still trying to figure out how to get the people off of my account so just be careful. I think I don’t hear you try to figure out what they’re talking about to check and April or them being higher I’ve gotten mine and we’ve all got them and I know I’m not the only one that did not get no higher check but I’ll place that when I go down I guess. Good luck to everyone who has SSI because we all need it considering I appreciate it it’s still not enough to live off of

    • Mary J.

      I think it is $100 towards the cost of a laptop(and you have to spend AT LEAST $10-49.00 to qualify for the $100). Not sure how you obtain that but I would call Social Security to get more clarity.

    • Ann C.

      Thanks for visiting our blog, Melissa. You can learn more about applying for ACP – and see if you’re eligible for the discounts – on the ACP website. We hope this helps. 

  10. John L.

    Our Government designed the program only to help the destitute. They also make the rules difficult to understand and partner with companies who when all is said and done don’t say us money.

    • Gay B.

      Hi John. Your comment about Government designed progams seems designed to help only gthe destitute. Plus, as you point out, the rules are difficult to understand, and lots of people just get frustrated and give up. But,,,,yo.yo. yo!!!! Dont give up, remember that the people who write these programs probably have a college degree!, So they can talk that fancy college gobble–de –gook, buy are they smarter than a 5th Grader? Probably not!!! So, don’t be intimidated by some fancy-schmancy dude or chicky-chick who isn’t even as srt as a fifth-grader! Rock on, get that computer!

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