GET CONNECTED: FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
- Published: Friday, May 14, 2021
The pandemic has shown just how important Internet access is to students and education. The FCC has begun funding monthly broadband discounts to eligible households as part of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The program works through participating vendors and offers qualifying households a discount of up to $50 a month toward broadband service and up to $75 for qualifying households on tribal lands. Qualifying households can also get discounts towards the purchase of a computer, laptop or tablet.
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
- Has an income that is at or below 135 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or the FCC’s Lifeline program;
- Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since Feb. 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.