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Affordable Connectivity Program
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the FCC to help low-income households with a discount on broadband service and connected devices.
You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP/Cal-Fresh, Medicaid/Medi-Cal, SSI, WIC, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.
If your household is eligible, you could receive:
- Up to a $30/month discount on your wireless internet service
- Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
- A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP*
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) (including Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8 Vouchers), Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/202/811, Public Housing, and Affordable Housing Programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiians)
Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit
Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools
Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year
The ACP is a government benefit program operated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that is designed to make broadband more affordable for struggling households. The ACP provides discounts of up to $30 per eligible household on monthly broadband Internet access service (or up to $75 per eligible household on Tribal lands) and up to $100 on certain connected devices (with a required co-pay of between $10 and $50). ACP services and devices are subject to consumer eligibility, provider participation, product availability, and approval by the FCC and its ACP administrator, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The ACP was launched on December 31, 2021, and replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.
A household is eligible to receive an ACP discount if a member of the household meets one of the following criteria:
- Has an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level;
- Receives benefits from: Medicaid/Medi-Cal, SNAP/Cal-Fresh, SSI, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit, WIC, or Lifeline;
- Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program; or
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
ACP eligibility will be determined by USAC’s National Verifier and National Lifeline Accountability Database or an alternative verification process approved by the FCC.
No. You must opt-in and choose an eligible service plan. Lifeline plans and benefits may be maintained without enrolling in the ACP. If you want to apply for ACP service only, visit www.ecomobile.com to apply.
Only eligible consumers may receive ACP discounts. The ACP monthly service and device discounts cannot be transferred to another household or individual. An eligible household is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount. ACP discount recipients must either make or answer a voice call (if your device is capable), send a text message (if your device is capable), use data, purchase minutes, or respond to direct contact from us at least once during any 30-day period to continue receiving your ACP discounted service.
ACP benefits may be obtained from any participating provider of your choosing and your monthly service benefit may be transferred to another provider subject to certain regulatory restrictions.
You can apply your ACP discount to any available EcoMobile service plan. Service plans, including those that will require no co-pay after application of the ACP discount, will be posted on EcoMobile’s website here.
EcoMobile provides high-speed broadband service to ACP customers. Your service plan may limit the amount of high-speed data included with your service plan and the actual speeds you will achieve while using our broadband services. Maximum speeds are optimal for real-time or near real-time, high-bandwidth uses, but lower speeds may affect your ability to stream audio and video, access certain websites and content, or interact with available applications. Other factors, including your device, network availability from our underlying carrier, your proximity to cellular towers, and environmental factors, may affect speeds. For additional information about broadband speeds, review our Broadband Transparency Disclosure.
Lifeline is the FCC’s permanent program to support affordable access to essential communications services such as broadband Internet access. The ACP is a new program designed to provide additional support to make broadband more affordable for certain low-income households. Your Lifeline and ACP benefits can be combined and applied to the same service plan or applied to different service plans. Lifeline subscribers can choose to take ACP benefits from another service provider.
No, you do not have to apply for Lifeline to get ACP. Go to ecomobile.com, provide your zip code and email address, and then click “Begin Application.” On that screen, you will see the rate plans available in your area. If you don’t see the “Affordable Connectivity Program” as an available option, click “See our other options” and the ACP program should be available if we provide service in your area.
The ACP benefit is subject to funding availability from the FCC, provider participation, and consumer eligibility. If the FCC announces that funding has been exhausted, we discontinue our ACP service offers, or we determine you are no longer eligible for the ACP, EcoMobile will notify you and you will revert to keep your service plan by paying the applicable undiscounted rate plus fees and taxes. Our terms and conditions will apply.
For full details about EcoMobile’s ACP-supported services, please review our ACP Terms and Conditions, available by clicking here. Additional terms and conditions specific to your service plan may apply and will be communicated to you at the time you enroll in the service plan. Our standard Terms and Conditions and related policies also apply. For more information about the ACP, please call us at 611 or 1-855-825-8855.
LEGAL NOTES: Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal government benefit program available to select eligible households. You may be eligible for the ACP based on your income or other criteria. Not all plans can be combined with other offers, You may choose to apply your discount for free service on either a 10GB Unlimited phone plan, tablet plan, or mobile hotspot plan. Unlimited voice and data plan (10GB/mo of 5G/4G): includes unlimited talk and text and 10GB of 5G/4G data. After 10GB, data speeds will be reduced. Mobile Hotspot Plan: Data usage limited to 10GB/mo of 5G/4G data. Plans require use of mobile device or mobile hotspot device compatible with EcoMobile networks. Devices not included with program and must be purchased separately. Customers will be subject to EcoMobile’s regular rates, terms, and conditions when program ends. One non-transferable discount per household. Other terms: Offers/coverage not avail. everywhere or for all phones/networks. EcoMobile reserves right to change or cancel an offer at any time. Prohibited network use rules & other restrictions apply. ©2023 EcoMobile Inc. All rights reserved. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.