The Report and Order along with the rules governing this program can be found here, but below are a few important facts:
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT?
- Up to $50/month discount for broadband services;
- Up to $75/month discount for broadband services for households on Tribal lands; and
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
- The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per eligible household.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT?
A household is eligible if one member of the household:
- Qualifies for the Lifeline program, including those who are on Medicaid or receive SNAP benefits;
- Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers;
- Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
WHEN CAN ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS SIGN UP?
- The FCC expects the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to be open to eligible households before the end of April 2021. Please check the FCC’s website, www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, regularly for the latest information.
HOW WILL ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS SIGN UP?