Over the past year, internet connectivity has become increasingly essential. Children without internet connections were not able to attend virtual school. Families without internet connections had difficulty applying for benefits, working remotely, and staying connected with loved ones.
In light of the connectivity gap that many families experience, Congress authorized the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a program designed to give eligible and low-income families discounted internet service and subsidized internet-enabled devices, earlier in 2021.
More than 5 million American households have already taken advantage of this important benefit. With Congress likely to extend the EBB program as part of the upcoming infrastructure package, families who have yet to take advantage should check to see if they might be able to get subsidized internet.
Every household should check to see if they are eligible to receive this important benefit and help get connected today. The EBB can provide eligible families with:
- Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;
- Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying tribal lands; and
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating Internet Service Provider (ISP) if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.
Signing up for the program is quick and easy. You can find more information on the program, instructions on how to sign up, and eligibility criteria at GetEmergencyBroadband.org or by calling (833) 511-0311.