Many Americans have struggled to get high-speed internet access throughout the pandemic. If you’re one of them, you know how hard that makes it to get anything done these days – including finding a good job.
Last year, we found solutions through grants that helped us purchase take-home computers and mobile hotspots for our clients. Now, the Federal Communications Commission is responding with a new initiative which provides discounted internet service to eligible households.
It’s called the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, and you can apply starting on May 12. But first, here are a few highlights that show why it might be worth your time:
- Participating households will receive a discount of up to $50 per month, or $75 on Tribal Land.
- The discount will be paid directly to the internet service provider on behalf of the household.
- One benefit is allowed per household, but only one member of the household needs to meet the federal eligibility requirements, which all revolve around showing that you’re low-income.
- Additionally, households that qualify may be eligible to receive up to $100 off the purchase of a laptop, desktop, or tablet, if their provider offers this benefit.
You can get started by visiting GetEmergencyBroadband.org. You can fill out an online application or download and print an application to send through the mail once you’re there. You can also use their “Companies Near Me” tool to learn whether to apply directly through your service provider.