What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a long-term, $14 billion program designed by the Federal Government to help low-income households afford internet services and stay connected to work, school, health care and more. Households that qualify can receive a monthly credit of up to $30/month toward their internet service.
Am I eligible?
Those who qualify for the ACP include members of the assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Lifeline, or households have an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. The easiest way to know if you qualify is to confirm eligibility through the National Verifier. To qualify, a member of your household needs to complete the next steps.
How to Enroll for ACP Benefits
To enroll in the Affordable Connectivity Program, simply follow these three easy steps below.
All your ACP questions answered!
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a long-term program designed by the Federal Government to help low-income households afford internet services and stay connected. Working in tandem with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the ACP allows Sonic to offer discounts on monthly broadband bills for qualifying households in need of financial support for digital equality.
Households that qualify can receive a monthly credit of up to $30/month toward their internet service.
The easiest way to know if you qualify for the ACP is to confirm eligibility through the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD). To qualify, a member of your household must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Has an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines;
Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year.
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
How to Enroll for ACP Benefits
Step 1: Qualify for ACP: All interested Sonic members must complete the eligibility form found on the National Verifier website.
Step 2: Sign up for Sonic: Sign up for Sonic by requesting service below. If you are already a customer with Sonic, skip to Step 3.
Step 3: Enroll for ACP: Once you have completed the eligibility form and confirmed that you’ve qualified, fill out the application in your Sonic Member Tools to enroll in the benefit program through Sonic.
The Infrastructure Act provides for a 60-day transition period for households that were enrolled in the EBB Program before December 31, meaning that the EBB credit will no longer be applied beginning March 1, 2022. After the transition period ends, eligible households will receive the $30 ACP credit on their monthly bill. If you are on eligible Tribal lands your monthly credit will remain at $75 under the ACP just as it was under the EBB program.
If you qualified for the EBB program based on a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since 2/29/20 or participation in a provider’s approved COVID-19 program, you will need to reverify your eligible for the ACP to continue receiving a benefit beyond the 60-day transition period. You should receive a letter from USAC with further information.
The government has not announced a program end date.
All residential services are eligible for enrollment in ACP. This includes Fiber, DSL, and IPBB services.
Yes, existing credits will remain in affect in addition to the ACP credit.
ACP subsidies are nontransferable. The ACP benefit is limited to one per household.
Moving would not change your ACP eligibility. However, you may need to re-enroll in ACP at your new address. If you move into an area not serviceable by Sonic for instance, you will need to check with your new Internet service provider to make sure they are also a participating provider in the ACP.
The ACP subsidy is limited to one per household and can only be applied to one provider at a time. If there is a reason for you to no longer enroll in the ACP with Sonic however, you would need to then apply for eligibility with a different internet service provider. You can obtain broadband service subsidized by the ACP from any participating provider of your choice.
After your eligibility and enrollment is confirmed, you should see the ACP credit on your next billing. Depending upon the timing of your enrollment however, that credit could be rolled onto the next billing cycle. In which case you would see that credit applied twice on your second month billed.