The pandemic has made it challenging for members of our community to access affordable Internet options. The recently enacted FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is offering financial relief to eligible consumers. We encourage families to review the eligibility requirements below and apply for this benefit.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
To qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, you need to meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Have an income at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participate in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
- Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
- Meet the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
To apply for this benefit or get more information, contact your current internet or mobile phone provider, or go to the following website: https://getemergencybroadband.org