The Emergency Broadband Benefit helps families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic-- connecting eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and more.
This program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Your household qualifies if you meet at least one of the criteria:
--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;
--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, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year;
--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 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.
--Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to submit an application or print out a mail-in application.
--Contact your preferred participating provider to select an eligible plan and have the discount applied to your bill.
For more information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit program: