ACP is Coming to an End, What’s Next?

Americans nationwide (in fact millions of households) were depending on the support that came from the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Sadly, it came as a shock for many to find out that this program was only a temporary option to help those in need. As It turns out, funding is running out for this program. That means the support from the ACP is coming to an end. However, American households are not out of luck. That’s because there are other assistance opportunities available that allow people to still benefit similarly to how they did with ACP. Do you know your options? If not, keep reading to find out valuable information that can point you in the right direction when it comes to finding assistance to help your household.

ACP is Ending: Alternative Support Options

The ACP has been a lifeline for many households, providing crucial connectivity bill-related support. It only came to be a support program due to temporary measures during COVID. In this case, Congress allocated $3.2 billion in 2020 to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the purpose of providing temporary support.  This amount later increased to over $14 billion through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The program offers up to $30 off monthly internet services, along with a one-time discount of $100 for purchasing a device. It was also able to offer free devices when working alongside other programs like Lifeline.

Its popularity was evident as millions joined quickly, highlighting the need for ongoing assistance even post-pandemic. Unfortunately, the initial funding of $14.2 billion is practically gone. As a result, the FCC made an announcement that they can fully support the program only until April 2024. Beyond that, unless Congress provides additional funds, the program will be limited in its capacity to offer full discounts. Internet providers may continue offering reduced prices after May 2024, but they won’t receive complete reimbursement.

Other Bill Support Opportunities

While many people relied on ACP, it’s important to understand other options that can provide nearly identical assistance. This includes taking advantage of other programs like Lifeline, or getting support from carriers like AirTalk Wireless, Safelink Wireless, or TruConnect.

Lifeline Program

The Lifeline program, managed by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) offers financial relief to low-income individuals on their phone and internet expenses. It was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Eligible participants can save up to $9.25 monthly. Those living on tribal lands receive up to $34.25, plus a one-time discount of up to $100 on initial connection fees. To apply, simply visit the Lifeline website, click “Apply Now,” and provide some personal details. Qualification is based on one of the following:

  • Income level based on household size
  • Participation in federal or tribal assistance programs
  • Having a child or dependent enrolled in such programs.

AirTalk Wireless

If you’re currently using ACP with a different provider, switching to AirTalk could be beneficial, as they offer enticing extras like a free smartphone and various phone services. They also provide the opportunity to transition to the Lifeline program. For existing AirTalk customers who are enrolled in both ACP and Lifeline, there’s no need to worry – your Lifeline benefits will continue seamlessly once ACP wraps up. Lifeline-only customers will also experience no disruptions in their service.

Safelink Wireless

If you’re currently using the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) with a different provider, consider switching to SafeLink’s ACP program for complimentary monthly wireless services. This includes nationwide coverage, unlimited talk and text, and data. For existing SafeLink customers, the next steps vary based on your current enrollment. Those with both Lifeline and ACP don’t need to take any action; you’ll continue with Lifeline benefits after ACP concludes. If you’re only enrolled in ACP, you have the option to apply for Lifeline. And if you’re already a Lifeline-only customer, rest assured that your service will continue without any additional steps.


Switching to TruConnect from another ACP provider can enhance your mobile experience with unlimited talk, text, and data, along with an appealing bonus of two free months of Amazon Prime. Additionally, Lifeline recipients with TruConnect enjoy exclusive benefits. These include up to 6 GB of high-speed data, complimentary unlimited talk and text, a free SIM card for use with your own device, and unlimited international calling to selected countries. This combination of services and extras makes TruConnect an attractive option for those seeking more from their mobile plan.


As the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) winds down, it’s crucial for American households to be aware of the alternative support options available. Programs like Lifeline, and carriers such as AirTalk Wireless, Safelink Wireless, and TruConnect, emerge as viable options, each offering unique benefits and assistance similar to ACP.

Lifeline provides financial relief for phone and internet bills, with eligibility based on income level, participation in federal or tribal programs, or having dependents in such programs. AirTalk Wireless, on the other hand, not only offers a seamless transition from ACP to Lifeline but also additional benefits like free smartphones and services. Safelink Wireless provides complimentary wireless services with its ACP program, ensuring continuity for existing customers. TruConnect can provide unlimited talk, text, data, and two free months of Amazon Prime, plus special perks for Lifeline recipients. As the ACP era ends, these options stand ready to ensure continued connectivity and support for households across America.