The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a $3.2 billion federal initiative to help lower the cost of high-speed internet for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It was created by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
Many households are struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. But the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program provides:
– $50 a month for internet services
– $75 a month for those living on tribal lands
– One-time, $100 discount for a laptop, computer, or tablet bought through a participating provider
Who Can Get Help?
Some people who may get the discount includes:
– have income at or below 135% of federal poverty guidelines
– received Lifeline benefits through SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
– lost a job or significant amount of income since February 29, 2020
How Do I Get Help?
You can apply online or by mail beginning May 12, 2021. Funds are available until exhausted. For application and eligibility requirements visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org.
For questions, call 833-511-3011.