FCC Affordable Connectivity Program

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a service based discount program federally funded through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which replaced the legacy Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program). The ACP is designed to help low-income households afford internet service and purchase connected devices. The ACP was constructed by the FCC after the signing of the infrastructure bill on November 15, 2021 which added over $14 billion to help establish a more permanent solution through the ACP. Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) is an active qualified broadband provider in this program seeking to help our community members in need. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service.**

    • Only one monthly service discount is allowed per household.

    • **The legacy federally funded Emergency Broadband Benefit Program offered a $50/ month discount. After the transition to the ACP, that discount dropped to $30 & MTC is currently covering the $20 drop in discount to keep this program whole at the $50 level until April 1, 2023.

 

To understand the program and to go through a pre-qualification process please go to the following link:

USAC ACP Qualifications

If you feel you qualify for the ACP Discount, please go through the authorization process at the following link:

USAC ACP Application Process

After you receive a qualified authorization code from National Verifier, please print, fill out, and email or mail MTC the below ACP Application.

Email: mtc@catskill.net

Mailing Address: PO Box 260, Margaretville, NY 12455

If you have any further questions on the ACP Discount, please contact the MTC Business Office at

845-586-3311.

* Interactive application must be downloaded and saved to your computer first before filling it out.

 

* Save completed application and email to mtc@catskill.net

LIFELINE DISCOUNT

Lifeline service is intended to assist in making telephone service affordable for all residential customers. In order to be eligible for the discount, the applicant must set income criteria. In New York State, individuals must be income eligible to receive assistance through one of the following programs:

  • Medicaid

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance

  • National School Lunch Program's free lunch program

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • Veterans Disability Pension

  • Veterans Surviving Spouse Pension

 

To apply for the Lifeline Discount, please first go through the authorization process at the following link:

National Verifier Application Site

After you receive a qualified authorization code from National Verifier, please print, fill out, and email or mail MTC the below Lifeline Application.

Email: mtc@catskill.net

Mailing Address: PO Box 260, Margaretville, NY 12455

If you have any further questions on the Lifeline Discount, please contact the MTC Business Office at

845-586-3311.

* Interactive application must be downloaded and saved to your computer first before filling it out.

 

* Save completed application and email to mtc@catskill.net