New Emergency Program Helps Low-Income Families With Internet Bills

Maggie Barrows
May 12, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission's new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, established as a result of the December 2020 stimulus bill, provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. Households that qualify for the program will receive up to a $50/month discount on broadband internet service and associated equipment rentals (up to $75 for households on qualifying tribal lands), and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer.

There are a variety of ways to qualify for the program, including the following:

  • Income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guideline
  • Qualification for Lifeline benefits through participation in SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
  • Having experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020, due to job loss or furlough (with a 202 income at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers)
  • Receiving a federal Pell Grant in the current award year
  • Having a child in your household participate in the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program

To apply, visit, call 833-511-0311, or contact your preferred internet provider.