As part of the Assurance Wireless program, T-Mobile’s Lifeline Assistance brand, the company will participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). According to T-Mobile’s blog, customers with certain plans may be eligible to receive a discount on internet service if they qualify for the program. There is a $30 discount per household every month, and a $75 discount for tribal lands for eligible households.
According to PhoneArena, ACP offers unlimited data, texting, and calls in the Assurance Wireless Unlimited plan for customers. The service provides 10GB of mobile hotspot data to qualified consumers each month as well. A free Android smartphone device will also be provided to new qualified clients. There is also the option to receive free Scam ID, free Scam Block, and free Caller ID with the T-Mobile Scam Shield service.
ACP will not provide assistance to households enrolled in SNAP, WIC, or Medicaid or with incomes greater than 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
Customers who receive emergency broadband services will continue to receive these services until March 1st. To those customers who are interested in joining the new Affordable Connectivity Program, T-Mobile will send additional information before March 1st.
On the Assurance Wireless website, you can apply now if you are interested in the program.
During the pandemic, the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program was designed to help those in financial difficulty lower their internet costs. With the Affordable Connectivity Program, the Federal Communications Commission is making broadband services more affordable for people in financial difficulty.