Beginning May 12 eligible households will be able to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a new program from the Federal Communications Commission to assist low-income Americans who have struggled to access the internet throughout the pandemic. Participating households will receive a discount of up to $50 per month, or $75 on Tribal Land, paid directly to the internet service provider on behalf of the household. Only one benefit will be allowed per household. Additionally, households who qualify may be eligible to receive up to $100 off the purchase of a laptop, desktop, or tablet, if their provider offers this benefit. View the Emergency Broadband Benefit PDF.
In order to be eligible, one individual in the household must meet at least one of the following federal eligibility requirements:
- Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
- 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;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award 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; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Applications Open May 12
Participants will be able to apply in three ways: