This blog post was sponsored by Comcast, but the opinions are all my own.
How important is the Internet to you and your family? Many people don’t realize how much they use it because it is seemingly always there.
Access to the Internet has become an integral part of our everyday lives – especially since the pandemic. We needed reliable broadband Internet for remote school and work in 2020. And today, many families are still using the Internet for the same reasons. For example, my husband works 100% remotely and I am self-employed in a field that’s built on the Internet. And our children, even though they attend school in person, still use the Internet at home for educational activities.
We can’t disregard our other needs for the Internet. We use it to connect with family and friends, as well as the outside world, through social media and video chats. I attend weekly virtual therapy appointments and virtual yoga classes. We stream movies and music videos, Yule logs and soccer games. There seems to be no limit to the amount of ways a family can use the Internet on a daily basis.
But what about the millions of Americans who can’t afford home Internet? How are they connecting with family in other states or watching new movies or accessing telehealth appointments?
Yes, I said millions. While the Internet has become a necessity for education, remote work, and healthcare, it can feel like a luxury to some people at the same time. Thankfully, there is a way to get Internet service for low-income families, senior citizens, and students – it’s called the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?
Our Internet provider Comcast is participating in the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program, which is designed to help low-income households afford and connect to the Internet by providing eligible households with a credit of up to $30/month toward Internet and/or mobile services.
Everyone deserves a chance at being able to connect to the Internet at home. Comcast has a longstanding commitment to doing just that – helping people connect, and stay connected, to the Internet, and its participation in ACP is a continuation of that commitment. Eligible Comcast customers can get home Internet through the company’s Internet Essentials or Internet Essentials Plus programs at no cost once the federal credit is applied. And, Internet Essentials customers can also add a line of unlimited 5G cellular data (which is $45 a month) through Xfinity Mobile for as little as $24.95/month after the ACP benefit is applied.
Wondering if you’re eligible to participate in ACP? If you (or someone in your household) meet one of the following requirements – then click here:
- 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 interested in the Affordable Connectivity Program, visit www.xfinity.com/acp to determine your eligibility and sign up, or call 844-389-4681 for more info.