Emergency Broadband Benefit
According to getemergencyboradband.org, 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.
The FCC has announced that consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.
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Already a Lifeline Customer? If you are currently enrolled in the Lifeline program, you do not have to apply again for the Emergency Broadband Benefit. You can apply your Lifeline and Emergency Broadband Benefit to the same or separate services. Talk to your Lifeline provider about the services they may have available as part of Emergency Broadband Benefit, including options to apply the discounts to your existing Lifeline service, or contact another broadband provider participating in the EBB Program to apply the benefit to a separate broadband service.
Already in a low-income or COVID-19 relief program with a non-Lifeline provider?
If you do not participate in Lifeline but receive service from a participating provider that has its own low-income or COVID-19 relief program, you may not need to apply again for the Emergency Broadband Benefit. This option is only available if the provider obtained approval for its application process from the FCC. Talk to your provider for more information.
Important: This is a Temporary Program.
Before you apply, it is important to understand that the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will end when the fund runs out of money or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner. Participating households will need to opt-in to continue receiving broadband services from their provider after the program ends. If a household chooses to continue receiving service after the end of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, they will be billed the broadband provider’s general monthly rate.
There are three ways to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Applications will become available here when the program opens on May 12, 2021.
Online with USAC
Use the online application (available in English and Spanish).
Mail with USAC
Print an application in English or Spanish (instructions also available in 8 additional languages).
Complete the application and send with proof of eligibility to:
Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742
Contact Your Broadband Provider
Ask your provider if they participate in the EBB Program, or use our online tool to find a participating company near you. Participating companies can help you apply through the National Verifier or through their company’s application process.