The country’s inflation rate peaked after the first quarter of the fiscal year 2022. The inflation rate of 9.1 percent broke all previous records as it stood at a 41-year high with steep spikes in fuel and food prices and rents.

As a result of this sharp increase in prices for basic amenities and commodities, more families were pushed into the low-income household category. Millions of families are relying on government subsidies and assistance programs to make ends meet.

One such initiative was the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). It was launched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that all American households can afford high-speed internet access (broadband) for education, work, and access to a myriad of online services.

Spectrum joined the league of 20 internet service providers that agreed to partner with the FCC for the wide-scale implementation of the Affordable Connectivity Program.

The Spectrum Affordable Connectivity Program is available to all households who qualify for the monthly $30 credit towards their broadband connections.

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a government assistance program that was first introduced by the Federal Communications Commission in 2020 to battle the adverse effects of the pandemic. In the wake of Covid-19 mayhem, the US government realized that many people in the country were at a severe disadvantage due to the digital divide. They couldn’t resume their work and education online because of the lack of internet access. 

To bridge this digital divide and make the internet affordable for all, the government suggested the launch of the Affordable Connectivity Program (which replaced the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program) in its Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. $14.2 billion were allocated for long-term broadband affordability for Americans. The act came into effect in November 2021 and since then Spectrum along with 19 other internet providers is giving its customers a chance to sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

All low-income households are given $30 per month for the payment of their internet bills. Those families who live on Tribal lands are given $75 per month in credit toward their broadband services.

Under the ACP scheme, qualifiers were given a $100 discount on the purchase of a device like a laptop, desktop, and tablet (except smartphones). Unfortunately, Spectrum customers are not eligible for this one-time discount on devices.

Families previously enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB program) were given a 60-day grace period to switch to ACP and benefit from this long-term government assistance.

Spectrum Affordable Connectivity Program

As of May 2022, Spectrum is a part of the government’s stimulus program. The Spectrum Affordable Connectivity Program gives the users a chance to make their internet bills $0 once they subscribe to Spectrum Internet 100. Users will get a maximum download speed of 100 Mbps and upload speed of 20 Mbps for only $29.99 per month. Every month the government will credit $30 into the user’s bank account which, can then be used to pay off the internet bill. The result is that you get to enjoy fast-speed internet for free!

Another way to benefit from this government-sponsored, Spectrum Affordable Connectivity Program is to attain a $30 discount on your current Spectrum internet plan. For example, if you are subscribed to Spectrum’s 300 Mbps package for $49.99 per month, you will only be asked to pay the out-of-pocket cost of $19.99 as the government will bear the remaining $30.

Participants of the Spectrum Affordable Connectivity Program are also eligible for other bonuses that are made available to Spectrum customers example, free modem, in-home Wi-Fi service, and easy, cost-free, self-installation.

Note: The $30 assistance towards your Spectrum bills is also applicable on Spectrum bundle deals.

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Eligibility Criteria for Spectrum ACP

Only those internet users qualify for Spectrum ACP whose combined household income is less than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

So, if you are a family of four and your combined annual income is less than $55,500 ($4,625/ mo), you can apply for Spectrum Affordable Connectivity Program.

Families Receiving Government Support

If you or one of your family members is signed up for one of these federal assistance programs, then your family automatically qualifies for Spectrum’s affordable connectivity program.  

  • Medicaid
  • Veteran’s pension or survivor benefits program
  • Lifeline Support for Affordable Communications
  • Public housing
  • Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food stamps)
  • Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program/ School Breakfast Program
  • Recipients of Federal Pell Grant can also apply for Spectrum Affordable Connectivity Program.

Families Living on Tribal Land

Families that live on federally recognized tribal lands and fall under the category of low-income households can qualify for ACP along with those who are participants of one of the following schemes:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

How to Apply for Spectrum ACP?

Applying for Spectrum Affordable connectivity program is a simple 2-step process.

First, you will have to verify your eligibility for the Spectrum ACP on a federal level and check whether or not you qualify for the program. All qualifiers can click on Apply Now and fill out this application form available on FCC’s National Verifier page.

Another option is to directly call Spectrum 24/7 customer service and follow the procedure recommended by tech support for successfully switching to Spectrum’s ACP. You can also fill out the online form available on Spectrum’s website to apply for Spectrum Affordable Connectivity Program.

Conclusion

The Spectrum Affordable Connectivity Program is a limited-time offer for low-income households and tribal families that provides a $30 subsidy on Spectrum internet plans.

By signing up for this government assistance scheme, you too can join the 12.6 million families who have made themselves inflation-proof.

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