The Federal Communications Commission has just approved the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, which means eligible families will be able to get a $50 per month credit on their internet bills.

Families whose incomes were negatively impacted during the coronavirus pandemic may be eligible for the bill credit. According to the FCC's website, the new benefit "will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms."

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We thought this was interesting, so we did a little digging in order to find out how to sign up. The short answer is, you can't. Not yet, anyway.

The program was just authorized by the FCC, so a start date has not yet been determined. But please keep checking this page for updates on the program. 

In addition to $50 per month for eligible families, a $100 credit toward the purchase of a new laptop or desktop computer is also available.

Your family is eligible if a member of your household meets one of these requirements:

  • Qualifies for the Lifeline program;
  • 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.

The program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.


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