The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a benefit program by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designed to ensure households can afford high speed broadband internet.
ACP 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. Additionally, eligible households can receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. ACP is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
A member of an eligible household for ACP must meet the following criteria:
Receives an income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines;
Participates in at least one assistance program, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program in the current or immediately preceding school year;
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
Participates in one of the following assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal lands: Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, or Tribal Head Start; or
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program.
Enrolling in ACP is a two-step process:
Step One: Complete and submit an online or mail-in application available at ACPBenefit.org.
Step Two: Contact a participating provider to select an internet service plan and have the ACP discount applied.
The Digital Inclusion Alliance of San Antonio (DIASA) fosters San Antonio’s digital ecosystem by facilitating the collaboration of organizations providing digital inclusion services and promoting the democratization of digital inclusion initiatives within our community.
The digital divide is an economic and social inequity that creates a gap between people who have the skills and access to fully embrace broadband, communications technology and services, and those who do not. The digital divide in San Antonio disproportionately impacts low-income households and residents with lower levels of educational attainment.
DIASA aims to ensure inclusion by cultivating and promoting public policies and initiatives that prioritize digital equity, so that all residents can fully participate in the digital economy. We envision a community-driven digital inclusion ecosystem promoting the democratization of digital inclusion initiatives through grassroots power-building and community activation.
DIASA convenes organizations and members from community non-profits, governmental entities, businesses, public education systems, higher education systems, internet service providers, NGO's, and media outlets working to create a more inclusive and digitally equitable San Antonio.
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