Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Important Message Below

Important Emergency Broadband Benefit Program changes will take effect next year.

Congress recently created the Affordable Connectivity Program, a new long-term, $14 billion program, which will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

What's Changing? 

  • The maximum monthly benefit will change from $50 per month to $30 per month for households not located on qualifying Tribal lands. The monthly benefit will remain at $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
  • Households have new ways to qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program such as: receiving WIC benefits or having an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  • Households that qualified for the Emergency Broadband Benefit due to a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 or by meeting the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's COVID-19 program will need to requalify for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

You can still apply for the EBB! Households enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program as of 12/31/21 will continue to receive their current monthly benefit during a 60-day transition period.

More information about actions current Emergency Broadband Benefit recipients will need to take to continue receiving the Affordable Connectivity Program benefit after the transition period will be available in the coming weeks.

This Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband (high-speed internet) bills for qualifying low-income households. It includes:

  • Up to $50 a month discount on service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to $75 a month discount for households on Tribal lands
  • And a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desk top computer

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE

    • Those who experienced a substantial loss in income in 2020;
    • Those who already meet the requirements of an internet service provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program;
    • Those who qualify for Lifeline benefits through participation in SNAP and other government assistance programs;
    • Participants of Tribal assistance programs;
    • Those who received a Pell Grant;
    • Those received benefits under free and reduced school lunch program
    • Households with incomes at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines.
      • Examples: household of 1 making $17,338 per year; household of 4 making $35,775 per year

          HOW TO APPLY

          IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a temporary program. It will end when the funds run out or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services ends the COVID-19 health emergency.

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