Last year, I wrote about the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program, which provided subsidies to help households cover the cost of home internet service. The FCC has now launched a long-term replacement to that program, the Affordable Connectivity Program, which works in the same way to provide funding to qualifying families to offset the cost of home internet and devices.
The program provides a discount of up to $30 per month for eligible households who obtain internet service through a participating provider. In the Iowa City area, participating providers include (but may not be limited to:
- CenturyLink (DSL)
- ImOn (fiber)
- Mediacom (cable)
- South Slope (fiber)
- Cellular Providers (AT&T, Boost, Metro, Mint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon)
Eligible households must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, participate in the Free/Reduced Price Lunch program, or meet other criteria listed on this page. You can apply to this program at https://acpbenefit.org
For detailed information about this program, check out the FCC’s Frequently Asked Questions page.