$50 monthly discount for internet service

Friday, May 07, 2021


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Families and individuals struggling to afford internet service can receive up to $50 off their monthly internet bill by signing up for the federal government’s new emergency broadband benefit.

Consumers with incomes at or below 135% of the federal poverty level can qualify for the monthly internet discount. (The funds will go directly to the internet service provider on your behalf.)  

The $50 monthly broadband benefit ($75 in tribal land households) is also available to:

•    Lifeline, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid and free or reduced school meal recipients,
•    Students with PELL Grants, and  
•    Households that have lost significant amounts of income due to pandemic-related job loss.

In addition, the program offers a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet.

To apply

Eligible households can enroll in this temporary Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program starting May 12 by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org or contacting a participating carrier, such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. Click here for a full list of carriers. Consumers can call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application.

More program details are available here.

Additionally, you can access information in English and Spanish, plus printable handouts in Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Traditional Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Tagalog and Vietnamese, here.

Apply, starting May 12, for a $50 monthly emergency broadband discount.





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