New $14.2B Broadband Affordability Program Open to All Broadband Providers

On Thursday, November 18, 2021, just days after President Biden signed the bi-partisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (aka Infrastructure Act”) into law, the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) released a Public Notice setting forth a 60-day rulemaking process designed to implement the statute’s Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”) provisions.

While the final rules will not be available until a final order is adopted, which is expected by January 14, 2022, the program will launch on December 31, 2021. Here’s what we know now – a roadmap for current Lifeline and Emergency Broadband Benefit (“EBB”) providers, as well as for fixed or wireless broadband providers seeking to participate in the ACP.

Click here to read our full advisory on the ACP.