Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) in South Dakota

Your household may qualify for free or reduced monthly broadband services and a one-time discount on a smartphone or other internet-capable device if you live in South Dakota. Learn about the Affordable Connectivity Program in South Dakota, its benefits, and how to qualify. 

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)?

A Federally-funded program, the ACP supports low-income households by providing a financial discount on broadband services and a one-time discount on a phone or internet-capable device. The ACP recognizes that broadband services and internet-capable devices are necessary for access to work, healthcare, education, and emergency services. 

 

How To Get Free Phone Service in South Dakota

If you qualify for the ACP and you’re a resident of South Dakota, you can get a free smartphone! Reach out to TruConnect. TruConnect offers a free Android Smartphone with their FREE ACP monthly service plan. (Subject to availability)

 

How does the ACP phone program work in South Dakota?

It’s simple to apply for the ACP in South Dakota. Your household can qualify based on income or program participation. If your household qualifies, you can apply through a participating service provider, online, or through the mail. You may need to submit documentation to prove program participation or income. 

You’ll receive a discount of up to $30 on your broadband services which includes phone or internet once your household is enrolled. You can choose to apply the discount to either your phone or internet service. 

There is also a one-time device benefit of up to $100 for internet-capable devices like a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer per household.

 

ACP Qualifications in South Dakota

Your household can qualify for the ACP based on income or program participation.

You are eligible for the ACP if your household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Here is an income eligibility chart. 

Household Size

48 States, D.C., and Territories

Alaska

Hawaii

1

$27,180

$33,980

$31,260

2

$36,620

$45,780

$42,120

3

$46,060

$57,580

$52,980

4

$55,500

$69,380

$63,840

5

$64,940

$81,180

$74,700

6

$74,380

$92,980

$85,560

7

$83,820

$104,780

$96,420

8

$93,260

$116,580

$107,280

For each Additional Person, add: 

$9,440

$11,800

$10,860

 

If a member of your household participates in one of the following government assistance programs, that qualifies your household for the ACP.

  1. Lifeline

  2. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which used to be called Food Stamps

  3. Medicaid

  4. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

  5. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  6. Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)

  7. Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit

  8. School Lunch or Breakfast program, which includes USDA Community Eligibility Provision schools

  9. Federal Pell Grant program recipient in the current year

 

Affordable Connectivity Program Application in South Dakota

Click here to learn more about how to apply for the ACP and to submit an application by mail or online.

If you are already participating in a low-income program, you can likely enroll in ACP through your current service provider. 

Your service provider may help you with the application process. 

 

How to Connect with TruConnect in South Dakota

If you or your household qualifies for the ACP, TruConnect has a FREE plan for you! Their stand-alone free ACP service plan includes at least 8 GB of 4G LTE data, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, and your choice of an LTE-enabled hotspot device or Google Play Certified LTE Android smartphone (subject to availability). (You can apply their ACP credit to any TruConnect plan.)

TruConnect also offers its helpful app, MyTruConnect. With MyTruConnect you can check your usage, connect to our Wi-Fi networks and earn credits toward new products! Click here to download it now.

 

Affordable Connectivity Program FAQs in South Dakota

Is the Affordable Connectivity Program legitimate?

The ACP is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) benefits program that is managed by the Universal Service Administration Company. The ACP is a new, long-term program with 14 billion in funding, making the ACP legitimate.

Is ACP the same as EBB?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit program (EBB) was replaced by the ACP in 2022. The benefits are similar, and the ACP includes a one-time device discount.

Is the ACP program permanent in South Dakota?

Yes, the ACP is a Federally funded program and is permanent. 

When did the ACP program start in South Dakota? 

December 31, 2021, was the first day the ACP started to accept enrollments. There was a 60-day transition period for participants in the EBB who continued to receive their current benefits through March 1, 2022, before fully moving over to the ACP. 

How long will the ACP phone program last in South Dakota?

The ACP is a permanent, Federally-funded program that offers ongoing services.