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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Sponsors
Federal Communications Commission, Universal Service Administrative Company
Deadlines
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Contact

833.511.0311
EBBHelp@usac.org

Use the search tool to find contact information for local broadband providers that offer the EBB.

Purpose

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households in order to meet the needs of individuals and families during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Eligibility

Eligible households should have 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 including Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal Head Start, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and 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, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school years
  • 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
Geographic coverage
Nationwide
Amount of funding

The benefit provides one monthly service discount and one device discount per household, which includes:

  • Discount of up to a $50 per month on broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Discount of up to $75 per month for households 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)
Application process

Follow the instructions on the How to Apply page.

Applicants may:

  1. Apply online
  2. Print an application in English or Spanish (Instructions in 9 additional languages) and mail to:
    Emergency Broadband Support Center
    P.O. Box 7081
    London, KY 40742
  3. Use the online search tool to find a local participating company. Participating companies can help with the application process.

The program will continue until funds are expended, or 6 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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Broadband



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