The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially opened the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to applicants.
"Millions of Americans are still struggling with everything from remote work to distance learning to telehealth simply because they lack the access to internet they need,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation. “We believe this program will help address many of the digital inequities that persist—and are hopeful that this is only the beginning.”
What the program offers:
- Up to $50 a month discount on service and associated equipment
- Up to $75 a month discount on for households on Tribal lands
- A one-time discount of up to $100 on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer
Those eligible for the EBB program include, among others, anyone who experienced a substantial loss of income in 2020, those who qualify for SNAP benefits or the free and reduced school lunch programs, and households with incomes at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. Internet Service Providers must opt-in to provide the discounts.