Comments due:  December 8, 2021
Reply Comments due:  December 28, 2021

On November 18, 2021, the FCC released a public notice seeking comment on the requirements for the Affordable Connectivity Program and a timeline for its rapid implementation.  The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act extends and modifies the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to a longer-term broadband affordability program to be called the Affordable Connectivity Program.  Among other provisions, the public notice seeks comment on setting minimum service standards and system requirements for connected devices, noting specific requirements may be needed to ensure such services and devices are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

Interested parties may file comments by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings.  All filings must reference WC Docket No. 21-450.  People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.

Public Notice:
URL: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-seeks-comment-new-affordable-connectivity-program 
Word: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1453A1.docx 
PDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1453A1.pdf 
Text: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-1453A1.txt 

For general information regarding the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, visit: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.  For further information about this item, please contact Eric Wu, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-1543 or eric.wu@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are ASL-fluent may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).  

Updated: 
Tuesday, November 23, 2021