20 Providers Offering $30-a-Month High-Speed Internet Access

More than 12.7 million enrolled in ACP

About 14.5 million Americans — and 22 percent of those 65 and older — don’t have access to high-speed internet, at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speed, the FCC estimates. Other estimates say that as many as 42 million people in the U.S. are on the wrong side of the digital divide. The FCC is updating its high-speed broadband map to provide a more accurate picture of access.

More than 12.7 million households were enrolled in the ACP as of July 4, according to the ACP website. 

Puerto Rico has the highest rate of ACP enrollment per 1,000 households as of July 4, according to the website. It has second-highest poverty rate, behind American Samoa, among states and territories that are part of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Louisiana, New Mexico, Kentucky and Mississippi round out the top five for ACP enrollment rates. Those jurisdictions have the fourth-, fifth-, sixth- and third-highest percentages of residents living in poverty.

Who is eligible for the ACP?

Households that have an income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four, 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline is $55,500.

People who use certain federal assistance programs, including Federal Public Housing Assistance, Lifeline, Medicaid, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Lifeline offers up to a $9.25 discount off monthly phone or internet bills to households that make less than 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines or have at least one family member in some public assistance program, such as Medicaid, SNAP or SSI. For a family of four to qualify based on 135 percent of this year’s federal poverty guidelines, its annual income would need to be below $37,463.

People who already use a discounted internet service from a high-speed internet provider that is aimed at low-income households. For example, AT&T offers internet access for $10 or less a month to households in which at least one person participates in SNAP. Cox offers internet service for $9.95 a month to new customers with at least one K-12 student in the household who qualifies for public assistance.

Households whose children get free or low-cost school meals.

Households that participate in programs specifically for tribes, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, or Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

College students who receive student aid in the form of federal Pell grants.

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