What to Know About Lifeline and ACP Internet Discounts for Veterans
Internet access is important for most people in today’s connected world, but fast and reliable internet is vital for America’s veterans. In fact, in 2022 alone over 2.2 million American Veterans who used Veterans Administration healthcare accessed services through telehealth. That number will only increase as telehealth options expand, so Quantum Fiber is honoring Veteran’s Day by sharing how to find internet discounts for veterans. Keep reading to help the veterans in your life find high speed internet access for their businesses and home WiFi networks.
Find internet discounts for veterans
The Lifeline Program and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) are two of the most popular internet access programs for veterans. Both are open to those receiving a qualifying VA pension. Many veterans can even confirm their eligibility with both programs without submitting paperwork to the FCC.
Affordable Connectivity Program for veterans
The Affordable Connectivity Program provides up to $30 per month toward a qualifying household’s internet bills and up to $75 per month for households on tribal lands. The ACP also offers a one-time discount of up to $100 on qualifying laptops, desktops, or tablets.
Although eligibility may change, the program is meant to be a long-term supplement that reliably contributes to internet bills.
Lifeline Program for veterans
The Lifeline Program connects qualifying veterans to telephone service discounts just as the ACP connects qualifying veterans to monthly internet discounts. Veterans and other qualifiers can receive up to a $9.25 discount per month through the Lifeline Program.
Even better, veterans who are already enrolled in the lifeline program qualify for ACP!
Other programs may be available based on a veteran’s unique needs. For example, there may be steeply discounted or free internet services for disabled veterans that are designed to connect them to the healthcare and telehealth programs they need.
Why veteran connectivity matters
We already mentioned that it is vital that veterans have reliable internet and phone service to connect to important benefits like telehealth provided by the VA. Of course, it’s also vital that veterans care for their mental health by connecting to the veteran community across the country as well as in their backyard for the following reasons.
- Socializing within a community makes people feel connected and a part of something larger than themselves. That is especially true for veterans who forge unique memories and values that are best appreciated by their fellow veterans.
- Social isolation can easily worsen a crisis. The veteran community guides its members towards resources as well as gives them a place to share issues that are causing unhealthy stress, even if they’re unrelated to their military service.
- The veteran community is one of the best places to learn about updates to veteran services and benefits like the ACP!
Fiber internet is one of the fastest ways to connect to the resources above.
Why fiber internet? It makes connecting a flash through high-speed internet that transmits data at nearly the speed of light. That’s especially true for veteran-owned small businesses, which is why Quantum Fiber means business! Veteran owned small businesses can also benefit from Quantum Fiber Connected Voice phone service that combines cutting edge technology with an easy-to-use digital system you and your business can rely on.
Explore all the ways Quantum Fiber connects veterans and regular citizens on our blog. Don’t forget to share this post with any veterans who need to learn more about the resources available to them!
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