The Infrastructure and Jobs Act signed by President Biden on November 15, 2021, established the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP’s funding of $14.2 Billion will modify and extend the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) effective December 31, 2021. Service provider participation is voluntary and existing EBB providers will not be required to submit a new application (USCA ACP election notice will be required).
On December 8, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued order DA 21-1524 regarding the EBB transition to the ACP. The Order waived some provisions in sections of the Consolidated Appropriations Act rules regarding the EBB and further clarified information regarding the transition to the ACP while the public rulemaking is going on. Key information referenced in the order detailed in this memo from Vantage Point’s Consulting team.
The transition from the EBB to ACP is effective December 31, 2021. Get ready to participate in the program, educate your staff, and enroll/transition subscribers. This preparedness guide overviews readiness requirements, including:
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