Applications have just opened for a $3.2 billion federal initiative to subsidize high-speed internet for low-income households.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program offers eligible households discounts of up to $50 a month for broadband service, and up to $75 a month if the household is on tribal lands.
The program, which launched in early May, also provides a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet for eligible households. The program is the biggest one yet to help households nationwide afford broadband service, the FCC said in February, after unanimously voting to formally adopt the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.
To be eligible, at least one member of the household must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Has an income that is at or below 135 percent 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.
- 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, with a 2020 household income of $99,000 and under for single filers or $198,000 and under for joint filers.
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
The EBB is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Households that are eligible don’t automatically get the subsidy. There are four ways eligible households can enroll:
- Directly with a local participating provider. The FCC maintains a list of participating providers, sorted by state and territory. You can contact participating broadband providers directly to learn about their application process.
- Enroll online with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) at their website getemergencybroadband.org.
- Or download a paper application at the getemergencybroadband.org site, fill out the application, and mail it – along with supporting documentation – to USAC. The address is Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742.
- Or call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application.
Ashley Escobar says
The Internet service is under my mother-in-law‘s name but I’m the tribal member will that still work?
Cheryl Lynn Martin says
I’m a triple member, would like the discount for internet service
Kathy hall says
Yes I’m looking for to get a discount on my cable and internet I have Comcast right now I am 62 going on 63 and I’m almost paying $200 a month and I can’t afford it I am a tribe member also and looking to see if I can get a discount I will give you my information if you could help me please let me know my name is Kathy Hall thank you
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Lois Potter says
I would like to apply for the broadband Internet connection discount
Linda Davis says
My daughter is in school n works 10 hours a week.I have medical problems n unable to work. We do live on tribal land n do recieve foodstamp.Were paying to much on for direct TV n would like these services. Phone,internet n cable if all possible. LINDA
Linda Davis says
Need a phone, internet for her school work.n cable.Im unable to work due to both knees are deteoriated n 3 disc out hurting my left hip.We live on tribal land n do receive foostamps.Im needing a phone .
LEE EXUM says
I really need a free phone and internet service and computer please.