Federal program helps low-income households pay for internet services & connected devices

Federal program helps low-income households pay for internet services & connected devices Main Photo

7 Feb 2023

Internet, low-income households

Kitsap County is working to help build awareness about the Affordable Connectivity Program, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. ACP helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

Affordable Connectivity Program banner

The Affordable Connectivity Program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands. The benefit also provides a discount of up to a $100 per household toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.

A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income internet program.
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs:
    •  Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools.
    • SNAP
    • Medicaid
    • Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8 Vouchers)
    • Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/202/811
    • Public Housing
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • WIC
    • Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits
    • or Lifeline
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal lands:
    •      Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    •      Tribal TANF
    •      Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    •      Tribal Head Start (income based)
    •      Affordable Housing Programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiians

Eligible households can enroll by going to AffordableConnectivity.gov to submit an online application or print a mail-in application, or by contacting their preferred participating broadband provider and selecting a plan.

A flyer is available in both English and Spanish. The flyers list participating Kitsap County Internet Service Providers. Please help spread the word by displaying these posters prominently.