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.
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Affordable Connectivity Program enrollment opened on December 31, 2021. Eligible households can enroll by visiting ACPBenefit.org 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.