The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act renames the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program as the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), appropriates 14.2 billion to the ACP, and makes several changes to the program’s benefits, eligibility, and other provisions.
The FCC is statutorily required to initiate rulemaking with respect to the ACP within five days of enactment of the Infrastructure Act, to set a 20 day public comment period followed by a 20-day period for replies, and to resolve the rulemaking within 60 days of enactment.
Accordingly, on November 18, 2021, the FCC released a public notice seeking comments on the transition from EBB to ACP.
Using input from our community, NDIA drafted and submitted comments addressing several critical aspects of the ACP transition and implementation. We urge the FCC to:
- Facilitate a smooth transition from EBB to ACP
- Provide ongoing grants to community-based organizations for outreach and education regarding the transition and the ACP
- Protect consumers
- Minimize barriers to enrollment