NEW YORK — Verizon announced it is participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program by offering free Internet with its Fios Forward program to qualifying ACP customers.
The program helps low-income households pay for Internet and mobile service.
In a statement, the internet provided said its efforts are part of Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. The company’s total 2020-2025 responsible business investment is slated to exceed $3 billion.
With Fios Forward and ACP, qualifying customers will have access to premium high-speed Internet without data caps, extra fees or equipment costs, helping them maintain connectivity for virtual learning, remote work, telehealth visits and more.
Qualified ACP customers can now get free access to Verizon Fios’ 100% fiber optic Internet, with speeds starting at 200Mbps for downloads and uploads, crucial bandwidth for video-heavy applications. Fios is not only offering faster Internet speeds than competitors in the marketplace – unlike other providers who offer ACP, we are also removing hidden cost barriers, with no extra fees, no contracts and no router costs.
To qualify, a customer must first be approved for ACP and have a Fios Mix & Match plan. Once their service is active and they are approved for ACP, customers must call 1-800-VERIZON to have the Fios Forward discount applied. For additional information visit: www.verizon.com/fiosforward.
ACP discounts are available to all eligible customers on home and mobile postpaid and prepaid plans. Customers outside of the Fios footprint can apply the ACP discount to Verizon data plans including 5G Home, LTE Home, HSI/DSL, mobile prepaid and postpaid unlimited and metered plans.
ACP eligibility is determined by the FCC and verified by Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC). New and existing Verizon customers can qualify if they meet any of the following criteria; Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) enrolled customer, Lifeline enrolled customer, Participants of other Federal assistance programs (Medicaid, SSI, etc.) or HHI (Household Income) < 200% Federal Poverty Guideline.
To confirm eligibility for ACP, check out ACPBenefit.org. Once approved, customers can complete enrollment in ACP by visiting: www.verizon.com/.