Helping to bridge the digital divide
Affordable Connectivity Program
As part of the Your Home, Your Internet pilot program, the Community Economic Defense Project and Maiker Housing Partners are working to increase awareness and encourage participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program for households receiving federal housing assistance across the Front Range.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Who Is Eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program?
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program;
- Participates in one of these assistance programs:
- Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools.
- Federal Housing Assistance, including:
- Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8 Vouchers)
- Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/Section 202/ Section 811
- Public Housing
- Affordable Housing Programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiians
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits
- or Lifeline;
- Participates in one of these assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal lands:
- Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
- Tribal TANF
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
- Tribal Head Start (income based)
There are four ways to apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program.
Through this pilot program ACP specialists are available to meet with households receiving federal housing assistance.
To schedule an appointment please email ACP@Cedproject.org to be connected to a specialist in your area.
Complete the application and Household Worksheet and send them, along with copies of your proof documentation, to:
ACP Support Center
PO Box 9100
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18773
Contact your internet company
Ask your internet company if they participate in the ACP or use our online tool to find a participating company near you. Participating companies can help you apply through their company’s application process.
After You Apply
Application Approval: After you submit an application, we will share the results with you. If you apply online, you may receive an immediate approval. If we cannot confirm your eligibility automatically, we will request additional documentation from you and provide information on how you can submit those documents for review.
Sign Up to Get Internet Service
Once we approve your application for the ACP benefit, you can choose a company that offers ACP discounts and sign up for service.
Talk to a participating company to learn more about what services they have available for ACP recipients and to find out how to sign up.
For inquiries regarding the application process, eligibility, or if you’d like for an ACP Specialist to present to your community/event, you can connect with a specialist by calling: (303) 276-5705 or emailing: ACP@cedproject.org