Xfinity services are such a regular part of our lives during the school year and summer, and on every weekend and vacation too, and Comcast supports causes I believe strongly in. Comcast proudly participates in the Federal Government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households with up to $30/month toward their Internet and/or mobile service ($75/mo for households on qualifying Tribal Lands). ACP is designed to help low-income households access and stay connected to the Internet. And as you know, these past few years have been anything but normal for our country’s K through 12 students. That said, access to affordable Internet has been a long-term problem, and it’s inspiring to see these brands we know and trust making a difference in our communities. So, I wanted to share how this makes a difference!
All About the Affordable Connectivity Program:
As you know, this is a Federal Government program to help low-income households access (and stay connected to) the Internet. If you live in an eligible household and enroll in the program, you can receive a maximum monthly credit of $30/month toward your Internet and/or mobile service ($75/mo for households on qualifying Tribal Lands). Xfinity has had a strong commitment to helping bridge the digital divide, and to help people stay connected to the Internet, and to moments that matter. Their support of this program is a continuation of that commitment.
The Importance of ACP:
As an Xfinity customer, I can tell you that I rely so wholeheartedly on reliable Internet. It’s been pretty much everything these last few years. As a work-at-home mom, this has been the basis for building a whole career. And during the times we all spent at home, plus the two pregnancies, labors, and recoveries, this has been THE way we’ve stayed connected to family and friends. From the kids doing virtual learning, both for school and for fun, to multiple telehealth appointments I’ve had, the Internet is important for every factor of our lives these days. I can’t imagine not having it.
ACP Eligibility Requirements:
You’re eligible to participate in ACP if you, or someone in your household, meets at least one of the following requirements:
- Your entire household income is at or below twice the federal poverty level (for example, $55,500/year for a family of four, $27,180/year for an individual).
You participate in certain federal assistance programs such as Lifeline, SNAP/EBT, Medicaid, or free and reduced-price school lunch.
If you’re not sure, you can also visit your nearest Xfinity Store to ask Xfinity experts about free or discounted Internet options.
Using Your ACP Credit for Xfinity Services:
Comcast offers Internet Essentials, which provides low-cost, high-speed home Internet for qualifying households ($9.95/mo for up to 50 Mbps of download speeds ) — as well as affordable computers, free WiFi hotspots, and free digital literacy training. With the ACP credit, Internet Essentials customers can also receive their broadband service at no cost. Comcast has introduced two new ACP-focused offers, in addition to Internet Essentials, to give their customers new choices to take full advantage of the up to $30/month credit available from the government:
1 – Internet Essentials Plus:
This is a new, faster tier of home broadband service that would be fully covered by the ACP credit and also has twice the download speed of Comcast’s original Internet Essentials service. It offers download speeds up to 100 Mbps (10 Mbps upload) for $29.95 a month.
2 – Xfinity Mobile:
This service is now available to customers participating in the Affordable Connectivity Program, giving them the ability to save even more money on their connectivity needs both at home and on-the-go. So what does this mean? It means that customers must be Xfinity Internet customers to sign up for Xfinity Mobile, and then the ACP credit will be applied first to the customer’s Xfinity Internet service and the balance of the credit to Xfinity Mobile. This is very useful for Comcast’s Internet Essentials customers because customers can use their ACP credit to get home Internet service and a line of unlimited 5G cellular data ($45) for as little as $24.95/month after the ACP benefit is applied.
Comcast has a longstanding commitment to creating and supporting digital equity, and helping people stay connected to the Internet for moments that matter. And their, participation in ACP is a continuation of that commitment. Last March, Comcast celebrated a momentous milestone – the 10-year anniversary of Internet Essentials. So since March 2011, Internet Essentials has connected a cumulative total of more than 10 million people to the Internet at home, most for the first time, while maintaining its low $9.95/month price. That is AMAZING! And through Project UP, Comcast is working to advance digital equity and help build a future of unlimited possibilities. Comcast has committed $1 billion over the next 10 years to reach tens of millions of people through programs and community partnerships that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility, and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers, and creators.
You can visit www.xfinity.com/acp or you can call 844-389-4681 for more info, to determine eligibility, or to sign up for the program.