NE SPARC offers discount on broadband service for eligible households

Published 3:51 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2022

NE SPARC announced it is working to help build awareness about the  Affordable Connectivity Program, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The new  long-term benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households struggling to afford  internet service.  

The $14 billion Affordable Connectivity Program provides a discount of up to a $30 per month toward  broadband service for eligible households.  

A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below: 

  • Has an income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines;  
  • Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing  Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline; 
  • Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the  school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision; or
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year. 

Affordable Connectivity Program enrollment opened on December 31, 2021. Eligible households can enroll by  visiting to submit an application or print out a mail-in application. Once an Application ID is  received, contact NE SPARC to complete the process.  

NE SPARC is a subsidiary of North East Fiber, LLC. NE SPARC offers broadband fiber internet service to  members of North East Mississippi Electric Power Association.