FCC APPROVES NEW PROGRAM

 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that it has authorized the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.

 

The year 2020 resulted in many families having to work and learn under the same roof. The closing of offices and schools resulted in increased broadband internet bills, as well as families being forced to purchase new computers and devices so that everyone could be productive from home.

 

What can eligible households receive?

 

  • Discounts of up to $50 per month for internet services

 

A household is eligible if one member of the household:

 

  • Qualifies for the Lifeline program;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.