Monthly internet discount available to eligible households

ELLSWORTH — Did you know qualifying households are eligible for a discount of up to $30 per month on their internet service?

The federal Affordable Connectivity Program also provides up to $75 per month for households on qualifying tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Eligible households must have income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. That works out to a maximum income of $27,180 for a single-person household and $55,500 for a family of four. A household also is eligible if a member of that household meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • Received a federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income internet program.
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs:
  • The National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.
  • SNAP.
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • WIC.
  • Veterans pension or survivor benefits.
  • Lifeline.
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs and lives on qualifying tribal lands:
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance.
  • Tribal TANF.
  • Food distribution program on Indian reservations.
  • Tribal Head Start (income-based).

To enroll, go to to submit an application or print out a mail-in application. Then, contact your preferred participating provider to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill. Some providers may have an alternative application that they will ask you to complete.

Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.

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