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Get Assistance to Lower the Cost of High-Speed Internet

Posted on: March 9, 2021
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program information with girl on computer

With more households reliant on internet connectivity & devices, the FCC has recently established the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to help lower the cost of high-speed internet for eligible households.

What is the Benefit?

  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband services;
  • Up to $75/month discount for broadband services for households on Tribal lands; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
  • The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per eligible household.

Who is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit?

A household is eligible if one member of the household:

  • Qualifies for the Lifeline program, including those who are on Medicaid or receive SNAP benefits;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast
  • program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

When Can Eligible Households Sign Up?

The FCC expects the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to be open to eligible households before the end of April 2021. Please check the FCC’s website, www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit,regularly for the latest information.

How Will Eligible Households Sign Up?

Eligible households will enroll through participating broadband providers or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Please check the FCC’s website, regularly for the latest information on the enrollment process.

View the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program flyer