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December 21st, 2021

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) is transitioning over to a longer-term broadband affordability program called the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Applications for the EBBP will be accepted through December 30, 2021. After that date, no further applications for the EBBP will be accepted.

Effective December 31, 2021, enrollments will begin for the ACP. Households enrolled in the EBBP as of December 31, 2021 will continue to receive their current monthly benefit until March 1, 2022.

What’s Changing?

  • The maximum monthly benefit will change from $50 per month to $30 per month for households not located on qualifying Tribal lands. The monthly benefit will remain at $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
  • Households have new ways to qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program such as: receiving WIC benefits or having an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Households that qualified for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program based on a substantial reduction in income since February 29, 2020 from job loss or furlough, or by meeting the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s COVID-19 program, will need to requalify for the Affordable Connectivity Program. In January 2022, these households will receive additional details about the steps they need to take from the program administrator (USAC) or their broadband provider, and will be given at least 30 days to respond. They will continue to receive their full EBB benefit until March 1, 2022.
  • Other changes may come after the FCC implements final rules regarding the ACP in mid-January 2022.

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