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FCC Announces ACP Wind Down starting Jan. 25, 2024. 

Affordability

Broadband connectivity goes beyond the poles and wires across communities.  To ensure access, individuals must be able to access broadband service.  Access includes financial affordability, access to equipment, and support for training to use digital services. 

 

More information on MCA’s broader work to ensure digital equity for all is available on our digital equity initiatives page.

MCA Contact

Kiera Reardon
State Policy & Agency Partnerships Manager

kreardon@maineconnectivity.org 

(207) 370-4123

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The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and ACP4ME Campaign

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a $14.2 billion federal program that helps families and households who are struggling to afford internet service. Funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the ACP provides eligible households with a discount of up to $30 per month (up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands). New enrollments into the ACP ended on February 7, 2024, for more information read the wind down section below.

 

The ACP4ME campaign is Maine Connectivity Authority’s new statewide initiative to increase awareness and enrollment into the ACP. In Maine, 238,717 households are eligible for the ACP, yet only 97,186 (41% of those eligible) have enrolled (as of January 22, 2024).

 

In partnership with Education SuperHighway, a national non-profit working to close the broadband affordability gap, we are building a statewide coalition of local communities and trusted institutions to raise awareness of this critical program through earned and social media. We are asking you to leverage your networks to increase awareness of ACP. 

As part of the broader ACP4ME campaign, MCA organized a statewide Week of Action to increase awareness of and enrollment in the ACP from August 4-12, 2023. There were no less than 18 in-person ACP enrollment events across the state, countless engagements online and on social media, and the ACP was featured on three local news outlets. While it is important to celebrate progress in getting more people aware of and enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program, we also recognize that the work isn't done yet!

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Without additional funding from Congress, the allotted $14.2 billion to fund the ACP is projected to run out in April 2024 (this date is an estimate and may change). As a result, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun taking steps to wind down the ACP. The ACP will stop accepting new applications and enrollments on February 7, 2024. Current households enrolled in the ACP will also receive notices from their internet service provider which will undoubtedly create confusion and frustration. MCA continues to track decision-making bodies to best understand potential outcomes of this program.

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ACP Enrollment Data by County

County
# of Eligible Households
Total Enrollments pre-April
Enrollments in April
Enrollments in May
Enrollments in June
Enrollments in July
Enrollments in August
Enrollments in September
Enrollments in October
Total Enrollments To-Date
% of Enrolled Households
Androscoggin
21,667
9,641
360
438
344
344
336
136
277
11,876
54.81%
Aroostook
14,933
5,887
337
282
253
210
233
214
214
7,630
51.09%
Cumberland
43,042
12,490
606
656
473
298
433
122
233
15,311
35.57%
Franklin
6,812
1,353
86
70
91
65
66
45
35
1,811
26.59%
Hancock
11,177
2,348
130
125
116
69
82
61
44
2,975
26.62%
Kennebec
22,891
9,252
391
481
347
300
401
270
203
11,645
50.87%
Knox
6,606
1,927
106
81
93
41
96
23
43
2,410
36.48%
Lincoln
6,536
1,560
97
100
76
64
77
65
36
2,075
31.75%
Oxford
11,315
4,372
217
241
200
161
154
120
100
5,565
49.18%
Penobscot
30,481
10,432
489
496
469
366
352
279
237
13,120
43.04%
Piscataquis
4,815
992
50
49
71
48
40
21
27
1,298
26.96%
Sagadahoc
4,789
970
54
47
32
20
31
(9)
31
1,176
24.56%
Somerset
9,594
3,497
153
162
155
84
91
53
102
4,297
44.79%
Waldo
5,999
1,886
93
107
105
53
59
53
59
2,415
40.26%
Washington
8,687
2,226
134
140
140
92
109
94
55
2,990
34.42%
York
29,373
7,774
421
490
422
250
276
229
191
10,053
34.23%
TOTAL
238,717
76,607
3,724
3,965
3,387
2,465
2,836
1,776
1,887
96,647
40.49%

*Please note that County-level data is not updated as often as state-level data by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and therefore there might be different numbers represented here than our total reporting for the state of Maine.

In preparation for Maine's ACP Week of Action, MCA hosted a series of workshops with MCA staff and other experts from around the country. Please feel free to continue using these workshops to support enrollments in the ACP. These workshops are not intended for individuals interested in enrolling in the ACP. MCA would be happy to connect individuals with our partners across Maine that are conducting direct ACP enrollment.

Common ACP enrollment challenges and how to navigate them

with Tsion Tesfaye, Senior Research and Policy Manager with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Watch the Recording

 

Bring your ACP questions Q&A

with Tsion Tesfaye, Senior Research and Policy Manager with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Watch the Recording

 

Resources for spreading awareness and enrolling Mainers in ACP

with Ellen Goldich, Senior Program Director with EducationSuperHighway

Watch the Recording

ACP Workshop Archive

ACP Partners in Maine

Apart from the resources above, we also have a network of Regional & Tribal Broadband Partners equipped to help people enroll in the ACP, and four organizations in Maine which received Affordable Connectivity Outreach Program grants through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

 

Regional & Tribal Broadband Partners are tagged in blue pins, Affordable Connectivity Outreach Program awardees are tagged in yellow stars (three out of the four awardees are also Regional & Tribal Broadband Partners).

 

Affordable Connectivity Outreach Program awardees include the Aroostook County Action Corporation, Four Directions Development Corporation, the National Digital Equity Center, and the Sunrise County Economic Council. Click here to open an interactive version of the map, including contact information for each partner.

ACP Maine Partners
ACP4ME Campaign
Workshop Archive
ACP Data by County
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