SafetyNet Wireless

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Wind-Down Fact Sheet

In 2021, Congress established the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, appropriating $14.2 billion. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was tasked to develop and implement the ACP as well as ACP outreach and awareness activities.

As of January 2024, over 22 million households are enrolled and receiving the ACP monthly benefit. For more general information about the ACP, visit

What’s happening?

Without additional funding from Congress, the allotted $14.2 billion to fund the ACP will run out in May 2024. The last fully funded month for ACP Benefits will be April 2024. The FCC has begun taking steps to wind down the ACP, which means:

•    ACP applications and enrollments will not be processed after February 7, 2024, at 11:59 PM ET.

•    Households who have applied, been approved, and are receiving the monthly internet discount before February 8, 2024, will continue to receive their ACP benefit until ACP funds run out, as long as the household remains enrolled in the program.

•    After the ACP funds run out (May 2024), households participating in the ACP will no longer receive the ACP discounts.

Important Information for Existing SafetyNet Wireless Customers

If you are an existing SafetyNet Wireless Customer receiving both Lifeline and ACP benefits you will be automatically switched to a Lifeline-only service plan at the same cost you are currently paying in May 2024 and continue to receive service and Lifeline benefits. Your plan data limit will be reduced as will the amount of high speed data in order to keep your monthly service cost to you the same as it is currently. Your plan voice minutes will also be reduced. If you do not wish for your service plan to be changed, please contact customer service in May 2024. You have the option to remain on your current plan and pay the amount of the lost ACP subsidy ($30 for non-Tribal, $75 for Tribal) or choose any of our other prepaid service plans in to meet your needs.

If you are are an existing Safetynet Wireless customer receiving the ACP benefit only, your plan will be changed in May 2024 to a low cost prepaid service plan and you will be billed $25 monthly (plus taxes and fees). If you wish to choose one of our other service plans or keep you current service plan (at the rate of the lost ACP subsidy), or discontinue service with us, please call customer service in May 2024. Another option for ACP Only subscribers is to enroll for Lifeline benefits with Safetynet. If you are in a state where Safetynet can provide Lifeline benefits and you are qualified for Lifeline benefits, you can enroll in Lifeline and possibly move to a free plan option when the ACP benefit is no longer available.

All customers have the option to choose from any of our prepaid wireless plans, starting at just $25 per month. Please call customer service at 1-888-224-3213 to make changes to your service before the end of May 2024.

If Congress votes to add funds to the ACP prior to the current funds running out, your service should continue without changes. You can help by emailing your local representative to stress how important this program is to you. To look up the contact information for your local representative and send an email, go to

What does this mean for low-income households not in the ACP?

•    Because of the wind-down of the program, the ACP will need to stop new enrollments. Starting February 8, 2024, no new enrollments will be accepted.

•    Eligible households that are not already enrolled and who wish to receive the ACP benefit should complete an application at as soon as possible to allow time for the processing of your application. Once your application is qualified, you must sign up with an internet company by February 7, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET to start receiving your ACP benefit.

•    If you qualified for the ACP but you did not sign up with an internet company before February 7, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET, then you can no longer enroll in the ACP.

How does wind-down impact enrolled ACP households?

•    Households that are enrolled in ACP will continue to receive monthly discounted internet service through the end of the ACP.

•    During the ACP wind-down period, ACP households will receive notices from their internet company about the impact of the end of the benefit on how the household’s bill and service. The notices will tell households:

(1)    that the ACP is ending,
(2)    the impact on their bill,
(3)    the date of the last bill they will receive that includes the ACP benefit, and
(4)    that they may change their service or opt-out of continuing service after the end of the ACP

•    ACP households may also switch their internet plans without penalty.

ACP households should:

•    Consistently check their emails for more information and for further updates regarding the ACP benefit. Also visit and Be sure your email address on file with Safetynet Wireless is up to date.

•    Contact your internet company for questions about how the end of the ACP will affect your monthly bill and to ask about available options.

•    Visit to access answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) and other guidance about the ACP wind-down process, including what households need to know about retaining internet service after the end of the ACP.

•    Contact USAC directly for any other questions about the ACP wind-down. Households can call the ACP Support Center at 877-384-2575 for information about their benefit.

What are the important dates I should be aware of regarding the ACP wind-down?

•    February 7, 2024: This is the last day that the ACP will accept new applications and enrollments. Eligible households must be approved and enrolled with an internet company by 11:59 PM ET on February 7th to receive the ACP benefit. Starting February 8, 2024, there will be no more
enrollments into the ACP.

•    Starting late January 2024: Households that are currently receiving a monthly ACP benefit will start to receive notices from their internet providers with information about the end of the ACP benefit. This information will include the timing of the end of the program and the impact of the loss of the benefit on the household’s bill and service.

•    April 2024: April 2024 will be the last fully funded month of ACP benefits if congress does not provide additional funding. Consumers who are enrolled in the ACP will continue to receive their benefits on their internet service through April 2024.

  • May 2024: Subscribers with service that includes ACP benefits will be automatically changed to a cost-equivalent plan if available.