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Nearly 17 million school children lack internet access at home, creating a nationwide Homework Gap that left unsolved could be become an opportunity gap. Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel, who coined the term Homework Gap, has long advocated for programs to support students left offline because they can’t access or afford broadband services. Now, the FCC is working on two major programs to provide help to these communities.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Commission launched the $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit, the first and largest program in the U.S. to address broadband affordability. The new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical health care services, virtual classrooms, and other essential resources. The program provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Helping Close the Homework Gap

The $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund helps schools and libraries close the Homework Gap by providing funding for the reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers; Wi-Fi hotspots; modems; routers; and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

News

June 7, 2021 - News Release
2.3M Households Sign Up for Emergency Broadband Benefit

May 20, 2021 - News Release
Over One Million Households Enroll for Emergency Broadband Benefit

May 12, 2021 - News Release
Emergency Broadband Benefit Starts Today

May 11, 2021 - News Release
FCC to Launch $7.17 Billion Connectivity Fund Program

May 10, 2021 - News Release
Fact Sheet on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

April 30, 2021 - News Release
Rosenworcel Unveils Proposed Rules for Emergency Connectivity Fund

April 29, 2021 - News Release
FCC Shares Start Date of Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

April 19, 2021 - News Release
FCC Begins Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Testing

March 11, 2021 - News Release
Rosenworcel Hails American Rescue Plan Funds to Close Homework Gap

February 22, 2021 - News Release
Rosenworcel Proposes Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Rules

February 11, 2021 - News Release
FCC Seeks Outreach Partners for Emergency Broadband Benefit

January 28, 2021 - News Release
FCC Announces Roundtable on Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Events

April 27, 2021
Emergency Broadband Benefit Webinar for Consumers and Outreach Partners

February 12, 2021
Roundtable on Emergency Broadband Benefit Program