How can I sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program?

Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting AffordableConnectivity.gov.

Do I receive the funds directly each month?

No, the Affordable Connectivity Program provides a monthly discount on internet service of up to $30 per eligible household (or up to $75 per eligible household on Tribal lands). The participating broadband service provider will receive the funds directly.

Which internet providers are participating in the Affordable Connectivity Program?

Various internet providers, including those offering landline and wireless services, will participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program. Depending on where you live, you may have a choice of providers. Check with the internet service providers in your area to learn about their plans for program participation. You can find a list of participating providers by state and territory on this webpage, www.fcc.gov/affordable-connectivity-program-providers.

What is the enhanced benefit amount for residents of Tribal Lands?

Eligible households on Tribal lands can receive a total monthly discount of up to $75. You can find out more about which areas are eligible Tribal lands by visiting this site: AffordableConnectivity.gov/do-i-qualify/enhanced-tribal-benefit/.

Eligibility

How To Apply

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Internet Service Discounts

Connected Devices

How does the $100 device benefit work?

Participating internet service providers can be reimbursed up to $100 if they supply a connected device to a household, provided the household pays more than $10 but less than $50 for the device. In other words, to take advantage of this benefit, it must be done through your participating internet service provider, and you must contribute a portion of the cost. The device benefit is limited to a laptop, a desktop computer, or a tablet. It does not include cell phones, large phones, or “phablets” that can make cellular calls.

If my child and I are part of the same household, can we each get our own connected device through the Affordable Connectivity Program?

No. Each household is limited to a single device discount.

Tribal

Do individuals have to be Tribal members to qualify for the enhanced Tribal benefit?

No. Anyone living on eligible Tribal lands can receive the enhanced Tribal benefit. They do not need to be a member of a Tribe.

How do I know if my household is eligible for the enhanced Tribal benefit?

You can find out more about which areas are eligible Tribal lands by visiting this site: AffordableConnectivity.gov/do-i-qualify/enhanced-tribal-benefit/.

Can I receive both the enhanced Tribal Lifeline Benefit and the $75 Affordable Connectivity Program each month?

Yes. An eligible household on Tribal lands can receive both the $34.25 Lifeline Tribal benefit and the $75 Affordable Connectivity Program benefit. They can be applied to the same qualifying service or separately to a Lifeline service and internet service with the same or different providers as long as the provider is participating in the Affordable Connectivity Program program. For example, an eligible household could have a Lifeline-supported mobile service and a separate home internet service that is supported through the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Transition

Updated: 
Monday, May 9, 2022