Comment Date:                January 25, 2021
Reply Comment Date:     February 16, 2021

On January 4, 2021, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on how to administer a $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program created by Congress to help low-income consumers access the Internet.  Among other questions, the Public Notice asks:

  • How should the Commission and providers track participating households and verify that they are eligible?
  • What services and connected devices are eligible for reimbursement from the program?
  • How should the Commission and participating providers promote awareness of the program?

Interested parties may file comments by accessing the Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings.  All filings must reference WC Docket No. 20-445.  People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov

Links to News Release:
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-369043A1.docx
PDF:     https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-369043A1.pdf
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-369043A1.txt 

Links to Public Notice:
URL:     https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-seeks-comment-new-emergency-broadband-benefit-program
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-6A1.docx 
PDF:     https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-6A1.pdf 
Text:    https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-6A1.txt 

For general information about broadband accessibility, visit: https://www.fcc.gov/connected.  For further information, please contact Eric Wu, Attorney Advisor, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-1543 or by email at Eric.Wu@fcc.gov.  Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).

Updated: 
Friday, January 8, 2021