Thursday, May 20, 2021
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program designed to assist in addressing the digital divide for low-income households. Under this program, participants may receive a discount towards internet service and certain equipment. The program will continue until the Emergency Broadband Connectivity fund is expended or six months after the public health emergency has ended.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. 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.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:
§ 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
§ Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program