The Affordable Connectivity Program was established by the Federal Communications Commission to provide affordable access to broadband services. It replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) and allows low-income consumers to receive discounts on internet access services.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is funded by the Universal Service Fund (USF) which is funded by contributions from all interstate telecommunication carriers. Carriers usually collect the contributions from USF taxes added to monthly phone plans. The Lifeline program is not funded by American tax dollars or included in the federal budget.
Verify your income-based eligibility for Lifeline wireless services with proof of your unemployment benefit payments or successful unemployment application.
*Income must be 135% or less than the federal poverty guideline to qualify.