Affordable Connectivity Program

On behalf of the NYSED we are pleased to offer the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides a discount on broadband service and associated equipment. In order to be eligible for the ACP you must complete a Household Income Form. While the district cannot mandate families to complete the Household Income Form, we encourage those who meet the criteria to do so, in order to ensure families and the district remain eligible for additional funding opportunities, including this new initiative.

Eligibility for monthly internet service discount and discounted connected device  If your family meets the income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP), you are eligible for the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP is a federal program to help eligible households pay for internet service. The ACP provides a monthly discount of not more than $30 per month on broadband service and associated equipment (for example, a modem) for eligible households and not more than $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. If your household chooses aa plan from a participating provider that costs $30/month or less, your household will receive that service for free.

Some participating program providers also offer discounted connected devices (a laptop, a desktop computer, or tablet) through the ACP. Households participating in the ACP are eligible for a one-time benefit of up to $100 off one connected device as long as the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 towards the cost of the device. Each participating household is limited to a single device discount. How to applyTo apply, you can fill out an application (either online, by mail, or through a participating service provider) and submit a copy of this letter as documentation verifying your child/children receives school meal benefits through the NSLP or SBP.

If you have questions about the ACP, your eligibility to participate, or to find information about participating providers near you, please visit, call 877-384-2575, or email [email protected]