COVID-19 Emergency Broadband Benefit - starting on 5/12/2021
Emergency Broadband Benefit
Households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for up to $50/month discount for broadband service and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet.
A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:
- 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, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year (to see a list of schools that participate click here: https://frac.org/community-eligibility-database)
- 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; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
Beginning Wednesday, May 12th.
Visit getemergencybroadband.org to apply online, call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, or contact your internet provider directly.
The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.
For more information and answers to FAQs, visit: fcc.gov/consumer-faq-emergency-broadband-benefit