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Emergency Broadband Benefit from the FCC – Discount on monthly internet bill for qualified households

Emergency Broadband Benefit from the FCC – Discount on monthly internet bill for qualified households

 

The FCC has just rolled out the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. Households that qualify can receive up to $50 off their monthly broadband internet bill. Households qualify if a member of the household meets one of these criteria:

· 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.


More information about the program, including how to apply, can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

Frequently asked questions about the program can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/consumer-faq-emergency-broadband-benefit.

For information on how to prove that your household qualifies, please see this page: https://getemergencybroadband.org/how-to-apply/show-you-qualify/

One of the criteria that can qualify your family is approval for the free and reduced lunch program. If you need help with the documentation of that approval, please contact Nicole Foster, 518-358-6682.

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