Emergency Broadband Benefit to help households pay for Internet

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a program to help households struggling to pay for internet during the pandemic. It will help people access information, jobs, healthcare, and virtual school. This benefit is a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband services for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price.

There is a limit on one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Your household is eligible if at least one member of the household:

  • Qualifies for the Lifeline program (see the other side of this fact sheet)
  • 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.

How to apply:

Option 1: Contact your preferred broadband provider to learn about their application process. Find a list of participating providers here: https://tinyurl.com/fm9edcxt

Option 2: Apply online at GetEmergencyBroadband.org.

Option 3: Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application.

Find more information at: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

Emergency Broadband Benefit to help households pay for Internet