QUINCY, Mass .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – January 5, 2022–
Atlantic Broadband, the eighth largest cable operator in the United States, will provide broadband connectivity at discounted prices to financially distressed households through the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). As part of the program, Atlantic Broadband will offer a discount of up to $ 30 per month on broadband service for qualifying households (and up to $ 75 per month for households on qualifying tribal lands) so that they can stay connected to everyday essentials such as telehealth, distance learning and working from home.
All customers who meet financial eligibility criteria can choose the Atlantic Broadband Internet package that best meets their household needs. Atlantic Broadband will apply the Affordable Connectivity Program rebate in the form of a monthly credit towards the cost of broadband service.
âAs the coronavirus continues to rise, connectivity is more critical than ever,â said Heather McCallion, vice president of products and programming for Atlantic Broadband. âOur support for the Affordable Connectivity program will ensure that households facing financial difficulties will have access to a reliable Internet connection now and in the future. “
The Affordable Connectivity Program was created in November when Congress passed the Infrastructure Act, which provides $ 14 billion to modify and expand the Emergency Broadband Benefits (EBB) program. The Affordable Connectivity Program replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Households fully enrolled in the EBB as of December 31, 2021 will continue to receive their current monthly allowance until March 1, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission is currently discussing actions that current EBB participants may need to take to remain enrolled after this. dated. Atlantic Broadband will update customers with the latest guidelines as they become available.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is the third major initiative undertaken by the FCC in partnership with U.S. Internet service providers to help households since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the spring of 2020, Atlantic Broadband supported its customers through the âKeep Americans Connectedâ program, launching an affordable âInternet Assistâ Internet package, temporarily suspending disconnections, eliminating late fees and upgrading its hotspots. Wi-Fi available to the public. In May 2021, Atlantic Broadband provided discounted service to financially distressed customers during the pandemic through emergency broadband delivery. Atlantic Broadband continues to support connectivity initiatives through the Affordable Connectivity program.
Atlantic Broadband has also supported national and local broadband programs, including Connecticut’s âEverybody Learnsâ initiative, a partnership with the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, the Connecticut State Department of Education, and local school districts.
Enrollment in the Affordable Connectivity Program is now open. Households can apply and determine their eligibility for the program by visiting acpbenefit.org. Once household eligibility is confirmed, households can register for the program at atlanticbb.com/acp.
ABOUT THE LARGE ATLANTIC BAND
Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX: CCA), is the eighth largest cable operator in the United States. The Company provides Internet, TV and telephone services to residential and business customers in 12 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. WiFi Your Way is a registered trademark of Atlantic Broadband.
ABOUT AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM
The Affordable Connectivity Program offers eligible households a discount on broadband service and connected devices. The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one rebate per repairable household. Eligibility is determined by the National Lifeline Accountability Database, which can be found at acpbenefit.org. Other terms, conditions or restrictions may apply. For more information, see https://www.fcc.gov/affensible-connectivity-program.
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