Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

From DSHS Developmental Disabilities Administration

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The Federal Communications Commission announces the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program – Helping Households Connect During the Pandemic

The FCC announced that on May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying 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 more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Beginning May 12, households can apply three ways:

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and find participating providers near you.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742.

April 13, the FCC hosted a webinar that provided an overview of the benefit, eligibility criteria, how to apply, and the FCC’s partner toolkit materials. If you missed the event, a recording can be viewed online.

Links to News Release:

Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-372014A1.docx

PDF:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-372014A1.pdf

Text:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-372014A1.txt

Links to Public Notice:

Word: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-493A1.docx

PDF:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-493A1.pdf

Text:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-493A1.txt

For more information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, please visit: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).



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