On February 25th, the FCC unanimously adopted a Report and Order that established the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a $3.2 billion federal initiative to help lower the cost of high-speed internet for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program was created by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
What Is the Benefit?
Up to $50/month discount for broadband services;
Up to $75/month discount for broadband services for households on Tribal lands; and
A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device
discount per eligible household.
Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit?
A household is eligible if one member of the household:
Qualifies for the Lifeline program, including those who are on Medicaid or receive SNAP
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;
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;
Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year; or
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19
Where Do I Go to Qualify?
Visit www.CheckLifeLine.org to get started.