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What is the difference between Lifeline and ACP?

Lifeline and ACP are both broadband programs.

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But what is the difference between the two programs?

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What is Lifeline?

Lifeline is the Federal Communications Commission program. Their goal is to make broadband services more affordable for eligible customers. Lifeline gives subscribers a chance to buy discounted broadband from participating providers. Find additional details here.

The discounts are intended to ensure eligible customers can afford the communication services they need to access work or educational opportunities. It is available across the US, but eligibility varies by state.

Keep in mind that you can only get one Lifeline discount per household even if there is more than one broadband account. The discount can’t be transferred either.

And ACP?

ACP stands for Affordable Connectivity Program. It started on December 31, 2021. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is extended and modified with the ACP.

ACP provides additional access to make broadband more affordable for certain low-income households across the US. Those who qualify will get $30 off their monthly internet bill.

Lifeline and ACP benefits can be combined and applied to the same service. If you prefer to use the discounts on two separate plans, you can do that too.

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