FCC launches Emergency Broadband Benefit (internet benefit)

Helping households connect during the pandemic
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit. This program may help you if you are struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic.

The program provides:

  • Up to a $50/month discount for internet service
  • A one-time $100 discount for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.

You may be eligible if someone in your household meets one of the following:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Participates in an assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline.
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year.
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

To enroll in the program with an internet service provider near you, visit: getemergencybroadband.org/companies-near-me

To learn more about the program visit fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit or call (833) 511-0311.