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The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Millions of low income households across America will soon be eligible for a $50 per month discount on their Internet bill and more through the FCC’s new “Emergency Broadband Benefit” program! This program, approved by the Federal Communications Commission just last week, sets aside $3.2 billion to help low income households access the Internet during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

What does the Emergency Broadband Benefit provide?

The FCC’s new subsidy program provides a $50/month discount on broadband internet service for eligible households. They also provide a one-time $100 discount on a computer or tablet.

For households on Tribal lands, the internet subsidy will be as much as $75/month.

Each household is eligible for only one monthly service discount and one device discount.

couple celebrates emergency broadband benefit program discount

Who is eligible for the FCC’s new subsidy program?

The FCC’s new subsidy program will be available to households that meet one of these requirements:

  • Households who QUALIFY for the Lifeline program, including people who receive Medicaid, Food Stamps (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), Veteran’s Pension or Survivors Benefits, Tribal Program benefits and more!
  • Households with children who receive free or reduced price school meals
  • Pell Grant recipients who received a Pell Grant during the current award year
  • Households that already participate in a pandemic or low income program offered by a broadband service
  • Anyone who experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 (and has a total 2020 income of no more than $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers)

This program will cover a lot of households… and it’s likely that funding will run out before everyone who is eligible receives help.

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance, which advocates for broadband access, has stated that the program will end when the $3.2 billion runs out. It is estimated that the government would have to provide $7-$12 billion to provide boradband access to the millions of children who do not have it. In July, it was reported that approximately 17 million US children are not able to log into remote classes.

When will the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program be available?

This program was originally approved by Congress in December as part of the $900 billion coronavirus relief package. The program officially opened for applications on May 12, 2021.

What internet providers are covered by the benefit?

This program isn’t limited to established Lifeline providers! Any broadband provider can choose to participate in this program, and participating providers will receive reimbursement for delivering qualifying broadband services or devices to eligible households. ISPs can find more information here.

How can I sign up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit?

You can apply online at

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Nicole is the owner and lead researcher for Low Income Relief. She has over 20 years of professional research and writing experience, and she has been solely dedicated to investigating low income topics for the last 10 years. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more. Her work has also been featured by Google for Publishers and other leading industry publications.

Lisa Ricketson

Monday 28th of March 2022

I receive food stamps Medicaid low income help have schooling online and we need internet and laptop if possible Hesperia Michigan


Thursday 31st of March 2022

Low Income Relief is an information service and does not provide cash or items directly. You will need to search our website for information about organizations that can help you meet those needs. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!

Kathryn Gay. Scyphers

Monday 6th of December 2021

I receive ebb , I need a tablet


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Low Income Relief is an information service and does not provide cash or items directly. You will need to search our website for information about organizations that can help you meet those needs. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!

craig ferraro

Sunday 29th of August 2021

I see alink for free stuff...are there any no cost options for Phones/tablets/computers?


Wednesday 1st of December 2021

The organizations in our list should be able to help you with this, but unfortunately Low Income Relief does not provide gifts, food or funds directly. You will need to contact the organizations in this list for assistance or chat with Lira! She should be able to help,

A. Totaro

Friday 30th of July 2021

Frontier Communications are discriminating some customers with this program. I was approved but Frontier says they don't offer the program to customers who have a "Homeowners Association" rate. But my apartment complex does not allow any other provider but Frontier. So I am caught in a "Catch-22" situation. This is not fair!


Monday 13th of December 2021

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!


Monday 8th of March 2021

Can you get the release and put in inter net I don't have internet but would like to have it just asking

Hannah Benge

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

I'm not sure what your question is. Could your rephrase it for me? -Hannah