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8 WebsiteCompass Internet Connections That’s why the Federal Communications Commission launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) in 2022, which helps qualifying households pay for internet service. Funds for the ACP were included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress in 2021, a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. The ACP replaced the Emergency Broadband Benefit—a temporary subsidy program established to help low-income families and those who lost income during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Households qualifying for the ACP can receive a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service or up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. They may also receive a onetime discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet if the provider offers ACP-discounted devices. The ACP benefit is non-transferrable and limited to one monthly internet discount and a one-time connected device discount. Ways to Qualify There are several ways a household can qualify for the ACP: Based on your household income You are eligible for the ACP if your income is 200% or less than the Federal Poverty Guidelines, which are based on your household size and state. For example, a household of three people living in any of the 48 contiguous states would qualify with an income at or below $46,060. Affordable Connectivity Program Helps Households Connect You, or someone you know, may qualify for an internet discount People need a reliable home internet connection to participate in many activities related to employment, education, health care, family relationships, and more. Yet there are U.S. households struggling to get connected to this essential service and afford the monthly cost.