The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) offers a $30 monthly internet bill discount, potentially benefiting 1-in-4 families in Cuyahoga County.
Launched by the FCC in 2021 to bridge digital disparities, the ACP has aided one million Ohioans. Despite its potential impact, many eligible families in Cuyahoga County are still unaware of the program, as noted by Alejandro Roark, Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau for the FCC. "We know that there are a lot of people who are eligible and still haven’t heard about the program," Roark said.
This blog explores the impact of the Affordable Connectivity Program in Cuyahoga County, emphasizing its role in improving internet accessibility for households in the digital age. Despite promotional efforts, awareness remains a challenge, highlighting the importance of uncovering how the ACP can benefit those who may not be familiar with its potential.
What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?
The Affordable Connectivity Program is reshaping internet access with a $30 monthly discount on bills, often rendering it cost-free for participants. Backed by 20+ companies offering plans at $30 or less, this initiative has made a significant impact.
Eligibility is clear-cut—households at or below 200% of the poverty level qualify, encompassing individuals earning $29,000 or less and families of four with an income of $60,000 or less. Around 76,000 out of 301,000 Cuyahoga County households meet these criteria.
For those eligible for SNAP, WIC, federal housing assistance, or Medicaid, the Affordable Connectivity Program is accessible. The application process is seamless, with online sign-ups often resulting in instant qualification.
Upon approval, participants receive an enrollment number to provide to their service provider. The FCC manages direct payments, ensuring a $30 monthly credit on the bill. Residents on tribal lands may qualify for an increased subsidy of $75 per month.
Beyond bill discounts, the program offers a one-time device discount of up to $110.1 on a tablet, free internet and sim card. This blog delves into the Affordable Connectivity Program, emphasizing the application process and diverse benefits, including the one-time device discount.
Who is offering what in Cuyahoga County?
Residents in Cuyahoga County can access internet plans for $30 or less through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), featuring providers like AT&T, Breezeline, Cox, and Spectrum.
The FCC ensures these plans offer download speeds of at least 100 megabytes per second for reliable connectivity.
The ACP is flexible, allowing users to choose different providers or opt for plans with higher costs, such as $50 or $75. For instance, with a $75 plan, users receive a $30 monthly credit, resulting in a $45 monthly payment. This blog explores the varied internet options available through the Affordable Connectivity Program in Cuyahoga County, highlighting user-friendly flexibility in selecting providers and plans.
How to apply?
Individuals interested in the Affordable Connectivity Program can submit their applications at www.gr8connectacp.com. For assistance with the application process or to request a mailed application, please contact (888) 288-8817 or send an email to Connect@gr8connect.net.