FCC launches Affordable Connectivity Program

6 Jan 2022

In accordance with Congressional directives included in the ‘Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially launched its Affordable Connectivity Program on 31 December 2021. The USD14.2 billion scheme succeeds the Emergency Broadband Benefit which helped almost nine million people to afford broadband access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible households can receive up to USD30 per month discount towards their internet service – a figure which increases to USD75 per month for households located on qualifying Tribal Lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to USD100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than USD10 and less than USD50 towards the purchase price.

United States, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)