The massive shift to online work, school, and entertainment due to COVID-19 transformed our lives. It was particularly difficult for low-income families.
For those struggling to afford the cost of internet service, a new federal program called the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is here to help and TDS® is a proud participant in the program.
The ACP participants who choose TDS as their internet provider may receive up to a $30/month discount for TDS Internet service. Qualifying households on Tribal lands may be eligible for a discount up to $75/month. The program is run through the Federal Communications Commission and replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.
You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch. It’s easy to check eligibility at affordableconnectivity.gov. Government officials estimate that 48 million households, which is about 40% of all households in the United States, qualify for the program.
“The ACP reflects the need to find solutions to close broadband access gaps for those in need,” says Kit Beyer, director of External Affairs & Communications at TDS. “This generous program administered through the FCC is a welcome one to support our customers.”
TDS is offering ACP benefits in most locations. The updated program allows eligible TDS customers to receive a monthly discount towards the available internet service of their choice. The credit will remain in place until the program funds have been exhausted or the program ends. Taxes and fees may apply.
“Internet connections have become a vital part of everyday life,” says Beyer. “We applaud this latest investment to help connect households in need; TDS will continue to champion programs that expand availability for all.”
Customers interested in more information about TDS’ ACP rollout can visit HelloTDS.com/ACP. There you will find a link to a website to see if you are eligible and what to do before calling TDS to sign up for the benefit. You can also call 1-844-203-5055 to learn more.