THE EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM – Funds are limited. Apply Today!

Consumers in low-income households can sign up for $50 off their internet service as part of a new federal program starting today, Axios’ Margaret Harding McGill reports.

Why it matters: The Emergency Broadband Benefit program is meant to help families afford high-speed internet connections needed for school and work.

Details: The $3.2 billion program provides up to $50 off a month for internet service or $75 off for households on tribal lands.

  • The money will also cover a one-time discount of up to $100 to buy a laptop, desktop computer or tablet.
  • The monthly discount is applied directly to the consumer’s bill, with 825 broadband providers participating in the program.

What’s next: Eligible households can sign up by contacting their provider or going to www.getemergencybroadband.org.

  • Eligibility includes people who are at or below 135% of the federal poverty level or those participating in assistance programs including SNAP, Medicaid, Lifeline, relying on free or reduced price school meals or have received a federal Pell Grant.
  • People who lost income during the pandemic due to job loss or furlough are also eligible.