A family that is participating in certain assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, etc
A family that is receiving benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs
If a family member has received a federal Pell Grant during the current award year
A family which meets the eligibility criteria for another provider’s existing programs
A household which has even one member who qualifies may apply for the ACP!
How do I apply?
You can submit your application online through the USAC here, and while response times will vary, you may receive approval in as little as a day.
My application was accepted, now what?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your Application ID number and birthdate (we know, it’s odd, but it’s required for our enrollment form), and our billing department will get you enrolled!
I applied for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program before Helio was participating!
Congratulations! At this point, EBB memberships are no longer transferrable to the ACP, and you will need to reapply in order to enroll under Helio Broadband. If your service has been transferred to the ACP already by a different company, please let us know and we should be able to transfer you to us!
Can I receive ACP benefits from more than one place once enrolled?
No, and the program is very strict about this. Your monthly benefits can only be applied to one place at a time, and there are companies which don’t advertise that your benefits would transfer to them if you sign up. See the Warning* below for details.
How much assistance will I get for my internet?
The ACP will provide up to $30 of relief per enrolled Helio connection! This means:
100Mb will go from $45/mo to $15/mo
1Gb will go from $89/mo to $59/mo
How will my assistance be applied?
Your relief will be applied directly to your account through the FCC’s deposit to Helio.
Can I set up my minimum payments to be automatic?
I keep seeing two invoices in my portal now that I’ve signed up.
Yep! The $15 invoice is your responsibility, and the $30 invoices are your ACP assistance. You only have to worry about paying the $15 invoices you’ll receive.
I was accepted to the ACP before Helio was participating. Do I get backpay to my application acceptance date?
No, the ACP is only affording assistance to current and future invoices from the day you become enrolled under Helio.
Who is responsible for the balance on my account?
You are! Your balance is your responsibility, and is subject to our Terms and Conditions as usual, up to and including debt collections once an account is deactivated.
Will the ACP provide backpay for my outstanding balance?
No, the ACP is only meant to provide relief for current invoices. Any balance accrued prior to enrollment is still your responsibility.
What if I still can’t make payments while enrolled?
You will still be responsible for outstanding balances outside of what relief the ACP provides. This includes any missed payments during enrollment. For accounts with consistent lapses in payment, your service speeds will be downgraded to 10Mb until your portion of the outstanding balance on your account has been paid off in full.
My service was disconnected!
Oh no! Unfortunately, it can sometimes happen. Please contact email@example.com and we will assist in reinstating your service manually. If you are disconnected after regular business hours or over the weekend, please check here for network outages in your area.
Companies are offering a free phone or device if I’m an ACP subscriber!
The most famous of these companies is Q-Link Wireless. What these companies will not say is that the device isn’t free – it is being paid for by your monthly ACP assistance. Because you can only receive funds in one place at a time, companies like Q-Link will transfer your account to their name, so you would no longer receive assistance for Helio invoices. In order to transfer your benefits back to Helio, you will have to either:
Pay for your device in full,
Return your device to the company, or,
Pay back the use of your device thus far and then return it.
Once this has been done, Helio can only transfer your membership back to us after 30 days from the initial transfer to Q-Link Wireless (or a similar company). This means that your account will not be able to be claimed for assistance during that month, and your full Helio invoice will be your responsibility. Because we are not notified of this transfer, we are not likely to catch your lapse in membership until the beginning of the following month when we are processing claims, which could result in up to a two-month delay in transferring your account back to Helio.
When do our payments come through?
From what we’ve been seeing, payments will arrive near the end of each month, though specific dates may vary. Additionally, relief payments are issued one month behind (February assistance will arrive at the end of March, April assistance will arrive at the end of May, etc).
Why are there so many changes happening?
Helio is just as new to the ACP process as you are! We’re going to be experiencing changes and hiccups as we navigate this, but it’s worth it to us to make sure you’re getting the best chance for affordable and quality internet.
I have a question that isn’t listed here!
Go ahead and reach out to our billing department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (971) 256-4300. We should have all the answers you’ll need, or ways to find out if we don’t!