The FCC has authorized a new program, the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which aims to help households that are having difficulties paying for internet service during the pandemic. Access to the internet is more vital now more than ever since connectivity is needed for access to things like critical health care services.
The benefit would give a discount of up to $50 per month for broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for those households on Tribal lands. Additionally, eligible households may be able to receive a one-time discount of up to $100 for the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer, or a tablet from a participating provider – if they contribute more than $10 but less than $50 of the purchase price.
A household is eligible if one member meets at least one of the following criteria:
- If a member qualifies for Lifeline.
- If a member has experienced a substantial loss of income since 2/29/2020 and the household has a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.
- If a member meets the criteria for eligibility for a participating providers’ low income or COVID-19 program.
- If a member receives benefits under the free and reduced-price lunch/breakfast school program.
- If a member received a Federal Pell grant during the current award year.
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