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Posted on: May 14, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission Launches Temporary Broadband Benefit Program

Broadband Subsidy Program

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 14, 2021

 

THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION LAUNCHES TEMPORARY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM

   

   

DAVIE, Fla. –  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a temporary $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program to help needy American families pay for high-speed internet service. 

This program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Program Eligibility

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain 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; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

To apply and get more information, visit www.getemergencybroadband.org.

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Office: 954-797-1035


Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Coordinator

Office: 954-797-1102


Ariana Briceno, Public Relations Assistant 

Office: 954-797-1190

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