Human Rights Measure

Human Rights
Human Rights

Affordable Connectivity Program

Date Enacted: November 2021
Country: United States
Region: North America

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is an extension of the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) which provided “a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households,” including “[u]p to $50/month discount for broadband service and associated equipment rental” and “[u]p to $75/month discount for households on Tribal lands.” The EBB was scheduled to “end once the program funds [were] exhausted, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declare[d an end to the pandemic, whichever comes first.” Subsequently, in November 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was enacted, providing funding “to modify and extend” EBB “to a longer-term broadband affordability program called the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).” ACP provides “$30 per month for households not located on qualifying Tribal lands” and continues to provide “$75/month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.”