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:
  • 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 to apply online, call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, or contact your internet provider directly.

Further Details:

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: