Internet Access Programs
A variety of agencies and departments at all levels of the United States government (federal, state, local) are working to make high-speed internet accessible for everyone. These efforts include discounts and/or subsidies to make internet more affordable for eligible participants.
Internet Subsidy Programs
The FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) included discounts on service ($30/month) and qualifying devices ($100).
Note: some internet providers have separate low-income programs that do not require you to apply for the ACP in order to enroll. Reach out to the internet provider directly about this.
2024 Update: The ACP has not been reauthorized. The deadline to enroll (with an approved application and provider account) was February 7, 2024.
About the Program
When funded, the ACP was open to the following:
- Households with an income at or below 200% of the national poverty line.
- Households where any member participates in certain assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, Federal Public Housing Assistance, WIC, Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefits, or Lifeline.
- Households where any member participates in one of several Tribal programs.
- Households where any member received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year.
- Households where any member received benefits through a school lunch or breakfast program.
Internet Infrastructure Programs and Partnerships
Learn more about the Internet For All Initiative, federal support for internet infrastructure and related efforts.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) is the state's agency focused on making high-speed internet available throughout Massachusetts.
City of Easthampton
The City of Easthampton has announced a partnership with GoNetSpeed to bring fiber internet to residents and provide competition to Charter Communications (Spectrum). GoNetSpeed is a participating provider for home internet in the Affordable Connectivity Program.
- EducationSuperHighway: A national nonprofit with the mission to close the digital divide for the 18 million households that have access to the Internet but can't afford to connect
- EveryoneOn: Helps unlock social and economic opportunity by connecting people in under-resourced communities to affordable internet service and computers, and providing digital skills trainings
- National Digital Inclusion Alliance: Advances digital equity by supportingcommunity programs and equipping policymakers to act