Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Posted on 05/21/2021
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The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.


About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit 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.


The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.


Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

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;

-Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program. Choose this option, and then it will have you choose your state, and then your district which is Rolla 31.

-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.


How to Apply


There are three ways for eligible households to apply:


-Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.

-Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.

-Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to:

Emergency Broadband Support Center

P.O. Box 7081

London, KY 40742


After receiving an eligibility determination, households can contact their preferred service provider to select an Emergency Broadband Benefit eligible service plan. (You have to contact your provider through their customer support after you have been approved through the EBBP program to get the discount applied.)


GetEmergencyBroadband.org