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New Temporary discounted internet service for your home

Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) | Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

1. How it Works

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) gives a temporary discount on your household’s monthly broadband internet service if you are eligible. Participating broadband providers will apply this discount to your broadband plan.

  • If eligible, your household can receive:
    • Up to $50/month discount on internet plans and equipment rentals. Internet service can be bundled with voice service.
    • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (you will need to pay a copay between $10 and $50
    • Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.
  • Your household may be eligible if someone in the household:
    • Lost their job or were furloughed, or
    • Receives SNAP, Medicaid, or other benefits, or
    • Meets income guidelines, or
    • Goes to a school where they receive free or reduced price lunch and breakfast
  • You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to be eligible.
    • If you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), you can provide other documents.
  • Applications will be received on a first come, first served basis.
    • The benefit is temporary and will end when funding is exhausted or six months after the federal government declares an end to the pandemic, whichever happens first.
    • Apply online to receive the benefit as soon as possible.
  • You can receive both EBB and Lifeline benefits.
    • Lifeline gives up up a $9.25 monthly discount on phone or internet service.
    • You can use both benefits for the same or different service.
    • If you already receive Lifeline benefits, you don’t need to submit an application. Contact an EBB provider to request service instead.

2. Determine your eligibility

A household is any person or group of people who live together at the same address and share money. Check here for more information on what a household means.

Your household is eligible if any of the below applies to any household member:

  • Receives benefits through the Lifeline program
  • Participates in one of the following government programs:
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Medicaid
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
    • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
  • Lost their job or was furloughed after February 29, 2020 and the household’s income in 2020 was:
    • At or below $99,000 for single filers, or
    • $198,000 for joint filers
  • Received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year
  • Participates in the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program (Ex: School Meals at NYC public schools) during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year
  • Qualifies for a participating internet provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 relief program.

Your household is also eligible if its income is at or below the amount shown:

Household size Maximum income (135% or less than the federal poverty level)
1 $17,388
2 $23,517
3 $29,646
4 $35,775
5 $41,904
6 $48,033
7 $54,162
8 $60,291
For each additional person add $6,129

 

3. What you need to include

For online applications:

  • The online application will tell you which documents to submit.
  • Apply online to receive the benefit as soon as possible.

For mail applications:

  • Include one of these:
    • Proof of program participation
    • Proof of job loss or furlough, and current income
    • Proof of household income
  • Also include proof of identity and address

You do not need a Social Security Number to apply. However, you will need to submit one of these alternative documents:

  • U.S. government-issued ID
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. driver’s license
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

Proof of program participation

You may submit a document that proves a household member participates in:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
  • Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit
  • Federal Pell Grant for the current academic year
  • Free and Reduced Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year

Submit one of the following:

  • Benefit award letter
  • Approval letter
  • Statement of benefits
  • Benefit verification letter
  • School enrollment form (to prove participation in free or reduced price school lunch or breakfast)

The document must have:

  • Household member’s first and last name
  • The name of the qualifying program
  • The name of the government, tribal entity, program administrator, school, school district, university, or college that issued the document
  • An issue date within the last 12 months or a future expiration date

Proof of job loss or furlough, and current income

Proof of household income

Proof of identity (if you have a Social Security Number)

Alternative proof if you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN)

Proof of address

Proof of emancipated minor status if you are under 18

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

  1. Complete the online application (available in English and Spanish).
    • If you already receive Lifeline benefits, you don’t need to submit an application. Contact an EBB provider to request service instead.
  2. You may receive an immediate approval after you submit an application.
    • If your eligibility cannot be proven automatically, you will be asked to submit more documents.
  3. After your application is approved, you can choose a EBB provider that offers the EBB discount and sign up for service.
    • At least 30 days before the benefit ends, your EBB provider will tell you the last date or billing cycle that you can get a full or partial discount on your bill.
    • You can choose to opt-in to continue receiving internet service at the full, non-discounted rate.

Apply Online

Apply by mail

Apply by phone

Apply in person

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit getemergencybroadband.org for more information.

Email the Emergency Broadband Support Center

Email EBBHelp@usac.org

Call the Emergency Broadband Support Center

Call 833-511-0311
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Eastern time
7 days a week

Call your broadband provider

Contact your broadband provider if you have questions about your device, service, or bill.

Last Updated Friday, October 15th, 2:32pm

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