On May 15th, the Federal Communications Commission launched the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) in an attempt to help households in need afford internet service. The EBB Program provides broadband and device benefits for low-income customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband services for eligible customers and up to $75 per month towards eligible households on Tribal lands. Customers will also be able to receive a one-time discount of up to $100 towards equipment purchased from providers including laptops, desktops, or tablets, if they contribute between $10-$50 towards the purchase.
Who is Eligible?
A household is eligible if one of the following criteria are meet by a member living in the household:
- Qualifies for FCC’s Lifeline program
- Approved for free or reduced price school breakfast/lunch program
- Experienced substantial documented loss of income since February 29, 2020 – total household income in 2020 below $99,000 (single filers) and $198,000 (joint filers)
- Received a federal Pell grant in current reward year or qualifies for low-income or Covid-19 program by FCC approval
* Existing Lifeline subscribers do not need to fill out an application for the EBB Program*
We are happy to announce that DC Access is an FCC Provider and participates in the Emergency Broadband Benefit. We are committed to helping households stay connected, despite financial hardships. Existing and new customers can opt for our service, choose from our plans, and receive up to $50 per month towards their DC Access service.
For Additional information, please visit https://www.dcaccess.net/emergency-broadband-benefit/.