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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. Chantee J.

    Sounds really good

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  2. Katrina W.

    I’m on disability and want to know how I go about applying for either of these programs because I truly do need the help thanks and take care.

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  3. Robert M.

    I have a social account

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  4. Juan m.

    As always I want to thank you for your help and helping people on me thanks

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  5. Carla M.

    I already have lifeline service with ATT Access low income service, would I still qualify for the #30 toward my bill and $100 toward a computer?

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    • Cindy D.

      Yes, Carla. I receive the XFINITY lifeline discounted price of $9.95 for internet so the ACP program pays that whole bill each month.

      Reply
  6. Lakisha N.

    Seems great

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  7. Sean

    This seams great. So I am going to jump right into it.!

    Reply
  8. Lorraine G.

    I receive snap, medicaid, and live in public housing. My problem is I have a pass due bill, so my son put it in his name. He doesn’t live with me. Trying to pay a 80- 90.00 internet bill is too high for me, being on ssi and ss. Do you think I will have too pay off the old bill to get this discount?

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  9. Cheryl D.

    I can only use Hughes net where I live but I would love help with it…

    Reply
  10. Vernon G.

    I would like the discount

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