FCC Issues Official Wind-Down Order for ACP; Last Day to Register February 7, 2024January 26, 2024
On January 11, 2024, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an official wind-down order and guidance for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The full order can be found here: https://www.fcc.gov/document/affordable-connectivity-program-end-soon-barring-congressional-action-0
Because the program is running out of funding and Congress has yet to establish additional funds to continue the ACP, the FCC will stop accepting new enrollees on February 7, 2024 at 11:59pm. This means February 7 is the last day West Virginians can enroll in the ACP. The FCC must announce the final full month of ACP coverage 60 days prior to the program’s final month. The projected final month of ACP benefits is April 2024. This means that April would be the last month households would receive the full $30 discount on their monthly internet bill.
Internet service providers should begin notifying customers about the end of the program on January 25, 2024. The Office of Broadband encourages West Virginians currently enrolled in the ACP to contact their internet service provider to confirm they want to continue or discontinue their service after the end of the program.
More consumer information can be found here: https://www.fcc.gov/affordable-connectivity-program-consumer-faq