Internet access is necessary for work, school, healthcare, and more. Unfortunately, high-speed internet remains unaffordable for too many households. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) runs a program, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), that reduces the cost of getting online for people with limited income. Many internet providers offer fully covered internet plans – meaning you may even get high-speed internet for free.
If your household income is 200% or less than the Federal Poverty Guidelines or someone in your household participates in certain government assistance programs, you may be eligible for the benefits the ACP provides. Visit the ACP website to see if you qualify. Please do not contact Social Security with questions about the ACP.
You can take advantage of the discounts with confidence knowing that receiving ACP assistance does not affect your Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits.
What discounts are available?
- $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. Some companies offer internet service for $30, making internet service free.
- $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
- Eligible households also can receive a one-time discount of up to $100 toward purchasing a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
How do you get the discounts?
You can apply online with the FCC, directly contacting your current internet service provider, or by mail.