Reminder: PHLConnectED is Transitioning – Make the Switch to ACP!
Dear School District of Philadelphia Families,
This is a reminder that this summer PHLConnectED is transitioning – the final day of sponsored internet service through PHLConnectED is July 31, 2023. After that date, any household using Internet Essentials through PHLConnectED will begin to receive a monthly bill.
As PHLConnectED transitions, we are working with the City to raise awareness about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). ACP is the federal government’s internet subsidy program that provides eligible families with up to $30 off their existing monthly internet bill. All households that are home to a student attending a School District of Philadelphia school are eligible for ACP benefits. We encourage all District families that need access to reliable internet to apply for the ACP, whether you are currently enrolled in PHLConnectED or not.
Next Steps to Enroll in ACP
Families must apply for ACP before July 31, 2023 to continue receiving free or low-cost internet. To get a head start on your application, download and type the answers into the highlighted fields on this approved verification letter. Then visit getacp.org/phl to begin your application. Once your application is submitted and approved, you can contact your internet service provider and add ACP to your existing plan or search for a new plan that, when combined with the ACP benefit, becomes free.
If you have a free T-Mobile hotspot(s) through PHLConnectED, it will be turned off after July 31. However, you may be able to use it when you sign up for a new plan through ACP – even if it is currently inactive. When signing up for a new plan at any T-Mobile, Sprint, or Metro PCS store, apply for the ACP discount. Then, you can apply the discount to your T-Mobile hotspot data plan.
Again, to learn more about ACP and start your application, visit getacp.org/phl. To get help, dial 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment with a PHLConnectED Digital Navigator (Press 8 for language services) or contact them directly here.
Access to reliable internet is critical to ensuring our children receive a well-rounded education. The District and the City are committed to helping you get the support and service you need.
The School District of Philadelphia