FCC Program Offers Help to Afford Internet Service

Eligible Households Can Start Enrolling Today

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary program created by the FCC to help individuals and households pay for their Internet Service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households will receive a discount of up to $50 per month towards their broadband service or up to $75 on qualifying tribal lands. There is also a $100 discount available to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.

To be eligible, a member of the household must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% 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, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • 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 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Starting today, you can sign up to receive this benefit by contacting your broadband provider or by visiting

Most broadband providers are participating in this program. To view the complete list of providers please click here.

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