Emergency Broadband Benefit Ending; Affordable Connectivity Program To Take Its Place

The temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) government program is ending per FCC order effective December 31, 2021. A new program called the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) will take its place effective December 31, 2021. The ACP program will offer a $30 discount rather than the EBB’s $50 discount on a customer’s broadband Internet access bill. For existing EBB subscribers, the FCC has ordered a 60-day transition period during which EBB subscribers will continue to receive a $50 discount. That transition period begins on December 31, 2021, and ends on March 1, 2022. As of March 1, 2022, existing EBB subscribers will be eligible only for the reduced $30 ACP discount. EBB subscribers may switch at any time to other Hardy Internet service offerings available through ACP if offered. Please check with our Customer Service Representatives to see if other Hardy Internet services are offered through ACP.

The final rules governing the ACP have not yet been released. EBB subscribers will receive additional information from the Universal Service Administrative Co. if they are required to take any steps to retain any benefit after March 1, 2022.

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