FCC program keeps residents connected
News | Published on September 13, 2022 at 3:45pm GMT+0000 | Author: Chad Koenen0
Lifeline Awareness Week is Sept. 12-16
Staying connected to local resources and emergency services can improve and possibly save many lives. Access to local emergency services and community resources is vital to all residents.
The Lifeline program helps low-income consumers connect to the nation’s broadband networks to find jobs, access health care services, connect with family, and call for help in an emergency.
For some, being connected can be the difference between social connection and complete isolation.
Arvig is participating in Lifeline Awareness Week from September 12-16. The week is aimed at promoting the Lifeline Program discounts that help residents gain access to broadband services.
Under the federal Lifeline Program, low-income consumers who participate in certain public assistance programs, or qualify based on income, can receive a discount of up to $9.25 per month off their monthly broadband-qualifying service bill; up to $5.25 off their voice-qualifying service bill; and residents on Tribal lands can qualify for up to an additional $25 per month.
More information on program eligibility and rules are available at www.lifelinesupport.org.
In 2021, the Federal Communications Commission implemented a new program—the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP provides eligible households up to a $30 per month discount for broadband services—more for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Current Lifeline participants are automatically eligible, but they still need to select a provider and an eligible ACP plan to receive the benefit.
Arvig encourages all eligible consumers to sign up at anytime by going to www.arvig.net/assistanceprograms or by calling (888) 992-7844