The Affordable Connectivity Program provides up to $30 toward an eligible household’s monthly internet bill—or up to $75 for those living on Tribal lands. You can apply your subsidy to any internet plan if your provider participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program. For example, with Xfinity's Internet Essentials plan, veterans get discounted internet service for sometimes less than $10 a month.
Eligible households can also receive up to $100 toward one laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through their internet provider. But you must pay at least $10–$50 for the device to receive the discount.
It’s important to note that the $30, $75, or $100 subsidies aren’t paid directly to you. Instead, they go to your internet provider, which should discount your service or the cost of the device you purchase. That also means that if your internet plan costs less than $30 or $75 a month, you won't be able to pocket the extra money.
Also, each eligible household gets only one monthly discount on their internet service and only one device discount.
Currently, there's no end date listed for the Affordable Connectivity Program. We expect that as long as it continues to receive funding, the subsidy will still be available.
As for anyone enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, you’ll continue to receive your $50 monthly bill discount until March 2022. After that, you'll receive the $30 monthly ACP subsidy.
The FCC is still hashing out whether program participants must re-apply to continue receiving benefits. We expect most folks won't need to reverify eligibility after the EBB Program officially ends. But keep an eye out for messages from the USAC in case you do need to reapply.