KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WJHL) — Comcast customers may be eligible to save on their Internet bills or connect for free after the company joins a new federal program.
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which took effect on December 31, 2021, gives each eligible household a $30 discount for every monthly broadband bill they pay. If a household is on qualifying tribal land, it gets a $75 discount.
For local Comcast Xfinity customers, that can mean a completely free monthly bill for those who participate in Internet Essentials Plus. According to a Comcast press release, their participation in the program means that eligible households who previously paid $29.95 per month will now have access to 100 Mbps download speeds and all the equipment needed to connect for free with ACP discounts.
The discounts apply to households that:
- Earn 200% or less than the federal poverty guideline;
- Participate in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
- Participate in Tribal-specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
- Participate in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
- Meet the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income Internet program.
The ACP is part of a federal effort to bridge the digital divide and ensure that all Americans have access to high-speed communications.