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New FCC program gives eligible households $50 off internet bill

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FCC’s new COVID-19 relief program gives eligible households a discount on monthly internet bills. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)

NATIONWIDE — Low-income families and households that are struggling to afford internet services are now eligible for an emergency discount. 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program launched on Wednesday, May 12. The $3.2 billion program benefits eligible families and households struggling to pay internet services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. 

The program also gives eligible families a $100 discount for the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer, or a tablet from participating providers. 

Eligible Americans must an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, like SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline, qualify for free and reduced-price school lunch programs, are recipients of the Federal Pell Grant during the current award year, or meet the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Visi GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply and find local participating broadband providers. 

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