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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. Kierra w.

    I need help with a home cause I’m trying to get on my own like I don’t have anywhere to go please contact me back with some assistance

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Kierra. 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.

      Reply
  2. Bryson’s m.

    How to we get it ?

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    • Becky

      Call you cable company

      Reply
  3. APRIL L.

    what if I already have internet service will i still be able to benefit from the ACP?

    Reply
    • Robin

      If your current provider accepts the discount you can apply it to your current qualifying services.

      Reply
    • Deborah

      As far as I know, AT&T is still the only one who provides it. When was able to have computer, before had to move because of rent, had U-verse with them. They came out with it yrs ago

      Reply
  4. Tom T.

    I need savings on my internet.

    Reply
  5. Luann m.

    Hi I’m on disability and I would really like to get help

    Reply
  6. Hope G.

    I would like to sign up for the program my name is hope Guillory

    Reply
  7. Barbara h.

    I need enrolled I use spectrum

    Reply
  8. Roy m.

    My big question is I don’t give out no information over the internet because of all the scams cuz I like my money in my bank account I don’t give out information because of this

    Reply
  9. Evangelia W.

    Hello i receive disability and would like to sign up for this program

    Reply
  10. Yvonne B.

    I have a child and grandchildren that lives with me and really need this discount

    Reply
    • Cindy G.

      I would love to have this discount my internet bill is 130 a month

      Reply

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