NE SPARC offers discount on broadband service for eligible households

Posted: June 16, 2022 at 7:36 am

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.