Lower internet costs? See if your household is eligible

Published 8:58 am Friday, July 14, 2023

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The Internet is often called the information highway, connecting you to stores, recipes, and more.

Now, there is a program to assist eligible households with the monthly cost of an Internet connection. If you are a recipient of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), this information is for you.

No matter if you receive $200 or $23 worth of SNAP benefits, you may be eligible for help with internet costs.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that helps connect families and households to more affordable internet service. This benefit provides up to $30 per month discount up to $75 per month discount for households; and a one-time discount of up to $100 on the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet through a participating provider.

There are two ways to qualify. First, households with income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible. Households who have a member that meets at least one of the following criteria are also eligible:

• Participate in any of the following assistance programs: SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline.

• Participates in the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.

• Received a Federal Pell Grant during the award year.

• Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income internet program.

To learn more, call 877-384-2575 or visit fcc.gov/ACP. For questions about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or to receive SNAP Application Assistance contact the More In My Basket staff at 855-240-1451 (English Toll Free), 888-382-7105 (Spanish Toll Free) or visit morefood.org.