The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

"We need to use all available tools to get 100% of us connected in this country and this program is an essential part of making that happen." Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel
About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide 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.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:Emergency Broadband Benefit alt logo

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?

As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting GetEmergencyBroadband.org.

Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit and please continue to check this page for program updates.

Which Broadband Providers Are Participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit?

Various broadband providers, including those offering landline and wireless broadband, are participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit. Find broadband service providers offering the Emergency Broadband Benefit in your state or territory. 

Broadband providers can find more information about how to participate here.

Consumer Outreach Toolkit

Outreach partners: The toolkit page includes a downloadable Emergency Broadband Benefit logo, social media images, fact sheets, and other sample outreach content and materials that can be customized and co-branded for consumer awareness campaigns.


Become an Outreach Partner

The FCC is mobilizing people and organizations to help share important consumer information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit. To participate, please fill out and submit the form below:


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  • For more information, please contact the FCC at broadbandbenefit@fcc.gov

Emergency Broadband Benefit Webinar

Watch this webinar for an overview of the Emergency Broadband Benefit, eligibility information, and enrollment procedures, and a preview of outreach tool kit materials developed for partners and the public to use to create awareness about the program.


Request a Speaker

FCC consumer experts are available to explain the Emergency Broadband Benefit at your event.


Spotlight: Acting Chairwoman's Note

Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel shares answers to frequently asked questions about current proposal to implement the Emergency Broadband Benefit - including questions about consumer eligibility and next steps for providers.


News Media/Press Resources

Resources for news media outlets are available at www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-media-resources.

 

 

Updated: 
Wednesday, May 5, 2021