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. (more…)