Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Fund is now available to help eligible American households connect to broadband
Posted on 05/14/2021

 


FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel gives an overview of the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

 

Starting May 12, eligible households will be able to enroll to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider.

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit program is designed to help families that have been struggling to get online throughout this pandemic. This benefit will assist disconnected Americans in accessing the Internet to reach virtual classrooms, take advantage of telehealth and seek new employment opportunities.

Eligible households may enroll in the through an approved provider or by visiting getemergencybroadband.org.

Eligible households can get discounts of up to $50 a month for broadband service, and up to $75 a month if the household is on tribal lands as well as a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet. The program is open to households that participate in an existing low-income or pandemic relief program offered by a broadband provider; Lifeline subscribers, including those that are on Medicaid or accept SNAP benefits; households with kids receiving free and reduced-price lunch or school breakfast; Pell grant recipients; and those who have lost jobs and seen their income reduced in the last year. For more information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, visit: fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit