Affordable Connectivity Program
GET CONNECTED AT NO COST
Bring home TDS® Connect Internet at no cost if you qualify for and enroll in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP helps connect families and households struggling to afford Internet service.
See if you’re eligible for the ACP
What Services Are Covered
The Affordable Connectivity Program through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides eligible TDS® customers up to a $30/mo. credit toward Internet service. Qualifying households on tribal lands may be eligible for a discount up to $75/mo. Installation fees are not covered.
If you qualify for ACP, you’re eligible for TDS Connect at no cost. This service provides Internet speeds up to 200Mbps, and includes Wi-Fi. Call 855-244-0127 for details.
Experts estimate 48 million households – or nearly 40% of households in the country – qualify for the ACP. Based on household income, a family of 4 with an annual income of $60,000 will likely be eligible. Existing Lifeline customers automatically qualify, as well as participants in federal programs like SNAP, Medicaid, or WIC.
Why You Should Choose TDS
TDS is a family-run business that delivers top-tier Internet, TV, and phone services to more than 1,000 communities nationwide. We provide the Internet speed households need for online work, learning, and fun. Founded in 1969, we've been helping families stay connected for more than 50 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
The ACP provides households a discount of up to $30/mo.—or up to $75/mo. if your household is on qualifying tribal lands—on Internet service. The ACP replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. It helps low-income households pay for Internet service.
To qualify for the ACP based on income, a household must have income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The guidelines for 2022 are available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The federal government pays your Internet provider directly, so you won't receive any funds. After the ACP credit is applied, you are responsible for paying any amount that remains on your bill—if any.
Yes. Customers with a past-due balance—or a balance in collections—are still eligible for the program.
Yes. The program is available to existing, prior, and new customers.
Eligibility is limited to one discount per household. The federal government defines a household as “any individual or group of individuals who are living together at the same address and share income and expenses.” More information is available on the ACP website.
The discount will remain available until ACP funds are exhausted.
Affordable Connectivity Program: The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides qualifying customers a monthly discount up to $30 ($75 in tribal areas) towards broadband internet service. Visit https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/ for qualifications details and to apply. Approval and eligibility decided by the FCC/USAC. Discount applied within 1-2 bill cycles after signup and ACP enrollment. The ACP discount is non-transferable and limited to one monthly internet discount per household. Customers may cancel at any time without a termination fee. The ACP is a federal government benefit program operated by the FCC and, if the Program ends, or when a household is no longer eligible, you will be subject to TDS’s regular rates, terms, and conditions.
Free Internet Offer: Offer not available in all areas. Free Internet requires TDS Connect Internet service and successful enrollment in ACP. TDS Connect available to qualifying customers at select addresses. Offer ends when ACP funding ends or if/when your household no longer is enrolled in ACP or no longer eligible. After program ends, regular rates apply. Customer responsible for any services not covered by ACP credit. Equipment may be required, and normal fees apply.
High-Speed Internet: Availability varies and speeds shown may not be available at all service addresses. Certain speeds are only offered in areas served by TDS Fiber. Speed ranges shown are expressed as “up to” to represent network capabilities between customer location and the TDS network. Most customers can expect to receive a stable speed within the range of the product purchased as allowed by the quality and capability of the connection; however, actual speeds experienced by customers vary and are not guaranteed. Some customers may receive lower than the indicated speed range. Speeds vary due to various factors, including but not limited to: distance from switching locations, network equipment, delivery technology, and external/internal network conditions. Speed tests may produce inconsistent results due to various factors, including the speed test program or website used, the number of devices connected to the customer’s modem, and whether the speed test is conducted over Wi-Fi. Customers that are not receiving the indicated speeds may cancel their service or downgrade to a lower-speed service without any termination or switching charges. Otherwise, a $15 service charge may apply to existing customers who switch plans without increasing speed or adding qualifying service. In order to maximize Internet speeds above 100Mbps, a compatible network interface card is required.