Public housing residents and Section 8 program participants are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The program provides a discount of up to $30 per month (and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying tribal lands) towards internet service for eligible households. Households can also receive up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute between $10 and $50 toward the purchase price.
To enroll in the program, a household has to do the following:
- Complete an online or mail-in application at ACPBenefit.org; and
- Contact a participating provider to select an internet plan and have the ACP discount applied.
There is a limit of one monthly service discount and one device per household.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created a consumer outreach toolkit. The toolkit includes infographics, fact sheets, flyers, consumer handouts, audio public service announcements, videos, newsletter blurbs, press release text, and sample social media posts to help spread the word about the program. It also includes translations of some of the handouts, web resources, and a speaker request section.
Additional information on the Affordable Connectivity Program can be found here.
HUD’s guide to the program can be found here.
A program fact sheet can be found here.
The FCC’s ACP Consumer Outreach Toolkit can be found here.