How to get help with internet bills with CPA in 2022
For starters, if you were fully enrolled in the Emergency Broadband benefit by December 31, 2021, you will continue to receive it until the CPA goes into effect on March 1, 2022.
After that, many households will remain affiliated and will not have to do anything more to receive ACP benefits.
But there are exceptions. You will need to requalify if you were eligible for EBB due to a substantial loss of income from job loss or furlough. If this is the case, you must have been contacted by your Internet service provider or by the Société administrative de services universelles, which manages the ACP. You will also need to apply if you received an EBB discount because you qualified for an ISP’s COVID-19 program.
If you are currently receiving a Lifeline benefit, you are automatically eligible for CPA.
Although the monthly rebate under CPA is less than what you could have received from EBB, there are some additional benefits. The first is that more families can qualify for CPA because the income limits are now higher. Under the CPA, households whose income reaches up to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible; EBB income eligibility was set at 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. In addition, anyone participating in the Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is now eligible for CPA.
You are also eligible for CPA if a member of your household meets at least one of the criteria below:
• They are eligible for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income Internet program.
• They participate in certain assistance programs, such as Lifeline, SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Lifeline.
• They participate in specific tribal programs, such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
• They can participate in the National School Lunch Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.
• They have received a Federal Pell Grant in the current year.