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Vermont-focused broadband provider Burlington Telecom has introduced two service plans that it says will help subscribers who previously depended on the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).

Burlington Telecom, which serves the city of that name and nearby communities, is offering two low cost programs. One is priced at $9.95 per month and offers 50 Mbps symmetrical service. The other is $24.94 per month and offers 150 Mbps symmetrical service.

“Burlington Telecom is proud to continue its long-standing commitment to households experiencing financial challenges by providing a self-funded Internet Assistance Program,” said Mike Loucy, the President and General Manager of Burlington Telecom.

“This program is an extension of our existing City of Burlington EDU-NET offering. IAP is designed to keep our community connected and be approachable and applicant friendly.”

In addition to Burlington, the operator serves South Burlington, Winooski, Essex Town, Essex Junction City, Colchester and says that others “are on the horizon.”

Several telecommunications providers have introduced offerings aimed at mitigating the impact of the end of the ACP.

Some examples include:  

  • TDS Connect offers up to 200 Mbps symmetrically where available. The service is priced at $30 a month including Wi-Fi.
  • Verizon Forward service plans can cost as little as $20 a month for new and existing customers.
  • T-Mobile said existing customers using their ACP benefit with Assurance Wireless will keep their service through August 2024 “without any changes to their price or plan.”

Early last month, President Biden praised 14 service providers that are offering replacement programs. Those providers are listed here.

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