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 rules supporting the successful program helping those in the most need have now been published in the Federal Register, the Daily Journal of the United States Government.
Download the full memo for the most significant elements of that publication.
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:
New acronym, same expert team. For providers seeking assistance with ACP, start here.
Note: If you are a consumer seeking ACP support for your phone or broadband service, please contact your provider for instruction and assistance. Vantage Point is unable to assist with individual subscriber inquiries.