With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on November 15, 2021, the EBB (Emergency Broadband Benefit) program transitioned to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) effective January 1, 2022. ACP is a permanent program and will expand on EBB, but it comes with changes in eligibility and benefits.
Summary of Benefits/Changes:
- Monthly benefit is now $30/month (the tribal benefit remains $75).
- Eligibility is being extended to those households with an income that is at or below 200% Federal Poverty Guideline (EBB’s threshold was at 135% of poverty guideline).
- The EBB recipients eligible under the ACP guidelines will automatically transition to the $30 benefit March 1, 2022.
- Households can select the service they want from participating providers. Households that lose their EBB benefit due to ACP eligibility changes will need to reapply. Their benefits will be discontinued sixty days from December 31, 2021. ISPs are not required to notify them of the termination of service.
The RemotEDx Connectivity Champions have been assisting families from all over Ohio with the EBB application process, and we will continue to assist them in the transition to the new program. The need for affordable internet for students continues to be paramount in today’s learning environment and teaching strategies. Visit acpbenefit.org for detailed information.
If you have questions, please contact the RemotEDx Connectivity Champions at 844-512-6446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also Check their website for quick information and FAQ (Click Here).