Over 20 million households benefit from US FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program
The ACP, recognized as the largest broadband affordability initiative in the country, has harnessed bipartisan support through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to connect previously disconnected families and alleviate the financial obstacles hindering internet access.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced a significant milestone today, as more than 20 million households have successfully enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a pioneering initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide across the nation.
With robust support from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the ACP has enabled millions of previously underserved families to access the internet and alleviate the financial burdens associated with connectivity. The program offers substantial discounts of up to $30 per month for internet services and up to $75 per month for eligible households residing on Tribal lands.
Additionally, qualifying households can avail of a one-time discount of up to $100 to procure essential electronic devices through collaborating providers. Rosenworcel commended the collaboration of diverse organizations in both urban and rural communities for the program’s success and emphasized the crucial role of the ACP in ensuring equitable internet access for all.
Why does it matter?
In today’s increasingly digital world, internet access is fundamental for education, employment, healthcare, communication, and civic participation. By connecting previously underserved households, the program directly addresses disparities in access to these opportunities.