FCC to Launch an Emergency Broadband Benefit!

FCC to Launch an Emergency Broadband Benefit!

The program has actually been licensed by the FCC, however the start date has not yet been established.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households having a hard time to spend for web service throughout the pandemic. This new benefit will link eligible households to jobs, vital health care services, and virtual classrooms.

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will supply a discount rate of up to $50 monthly towards broadband service for qualified families and approximately $75 monthly for homes on Tribal lands. Qualified homes can also get a one-time discount of approximately $100 to buy a laptop computer, desktop, or tablet from getting involved service providers if they contribute $10-$ 50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one month-to-month service discount and one gadget discount rate per home.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A home is eligible if one member of the home:

Receives the Lifeline program;
Gets benefits under the complimentary and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, consisting of through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
Received a Federal Pell Grant throughout the current award year;
Experienced a considerable loss of earnings considering that February 29, 2020 and the household had an overall income in 2020 listed below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
Fulfills the eligibility requirements for a participating service providers existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?