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New federal program helps families with internet costs

Federal officials have started a new program to assist low and moderate income families with internet access. 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a new program now open for enrollment that helps households afford broadband internet. 

The ACP is the $14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a temporary program that helped almost nine million people afford internet access during the pandemic.   

Eligible households may now apply to receive up to a $30 per month discount off the price of their service. Families can check eligibility on the ACP’s enrollment page. 

Eligibility includes families with incomes less than twice the poverty level.  In Michigan, a household of four earning $53,000 a year or less would qualify for the program. Visit the FCC’s website to learn more about the ACP.