The City and the Wilmington Community Advisory Council are working together to increase awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This is a federal benefit to help lower-income families pay for high-speed internet. Residents of the city will pay $30 for monthly high-speed internet service with this program. This campaign is part of a statewide initiative announced by Governor Carney and municipal leaders across the state.
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) also offers a one-time $100 discount toward a connected laptop, desktop computer, or tablet through a participating service provider.
A household is eligible if one member 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
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income program
- Participates in one of several Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal Head Start (only households meeting the relevant income qualifying standard), Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations