WASHINGTON D.C. - The Federal Communication Commission kicked off their Emergency Broadband Benefit to help families and households stay connected through the COVID-19 pandemic, May 12.

The program makes available up to $3.2 billion to consumers through discounts on broadband services and equipment.

Eligible households will be able to receive on their broadband bill a discount of up to $50 per month, or $75 on qualifying Tribal lands. They will also be eligible for 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.

Households can qualify through their use of existing assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid, Lifeline or if a child relies on reduced-price school meals programs. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is also available to households who are eligible for a broadband provider’s existing relief program, to those who have received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year, and to those low-income households who suffered a large loss in income during the pandemic due to job loss or furlough since Feb. 29, 2020.

Over 825 broadband providers are taking part in the program. The benefit is available to eligible new, prior and existing customers of participating providers. Customers can sign up by contacting a participating provider, enroll online at https://getemergencybroadband.org/, or sign up via mail. To learn more or get a mail-in application, call (833) 511-0311.

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