On September 21, 2021, the FCC released a news release about Lifeline Awareness Week, from  September 20-24, 2021.  Lifeline is an FCC program designed to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers.  This year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new FCC program, the Emergency Broadband Benefit, is also available to help families and households struggling to afford internet service.  Households that qualify for Lifeline also qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). 

The EBB provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward 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.  Consumers can find more information about the EBB at https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.  Consumers can apply online at https://www.GetEmergencyBroadband.org/.  To learn more about EBB in American Sign Language (ASL) visit:  https://youtu.be/ERrCGJlsFzw.

Lifeline provides up to a $9.25 monthly discount on qualifying voice and broadband services for eligible low-income subscribers and up to $34.25 per month for subscribers on qualifying Tribal lands. To learn more about Lifeline, go to http://www.fcc.gov/lifeline-consumers or http://www.lifelinesupport.org/.  To learn more about Lifeline in ASL, visit:  https://youtu.be/wwkjVrd5xHc.

Links to the News Release:
URL:  https://www.fcc.gov/document/september-20-24-lifeline-awareness-week
Word:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-375904A1.docx
PDF:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-375904A1.pdf
Text:  https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-375904A1.txt

If you are a person with a disability and need assistance with your Lifeline application, contact the Lifeline Support Center at https://www.lifelinesupport.org/ or call 800-243-9473.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021