Emergency Broadband Benefit Program 

Please be advised, the EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM is a federal program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.  More details about the program, along with an informational video, can be found at the following link: The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (getemergencybroadband.org)

On April 29, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) will launch on May 12, 2021. At this time, consumers can apply for the program through the National Verifier at GetEmergencyBroadband.org and service providers can begin enrolling consumers in the National Lifeline Accountability Database (NLAD) who qualified through the National Verifier or through an alternative verification process (AVP), or who opted into the program from Lifeline. 

Please note: It is our understanding, that the EBB Program will conclude six months after the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic (which will be determined by the federal government / CDC).


What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

Do I Qualify?

Your household qualifies for the Emergency Broadband Benefit if it has an income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines OR any member of the household:

  • Qualifies for Lifeline benefits through participation in SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit;
  • Participates in one of several Tribal specific programs: Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal Head Start (only households meeting the relevant income qualifying standard), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 with a total household income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers;
    • Received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year;
    • Received approval for 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; or
    • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program, and that provider received FCC approval for its eligibility verification process.

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. Program rules acknowledge there may be more than one eligible household residing at the same address.

Qualify Through Your Child or Dependent:

Any member of your household can make your household eligible. For example, if your child or dependent participates in the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program, your household qualifies for the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

Posted by JBuettler On May 03, 2021 at 11:51 AM