Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment opens next week

Created: May 04, 2021 09:47 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Relief for those in need of internet access opens one week from Wednesday at the federal level.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month for eligible households and some qualify for a one-time discount of up to $100 to buy a computer.

This is a Federal Communications Commission program.

Families can enroll starting on Wednesday, May 12.

A household is eligible if one of its members meets one of the following metrics:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or is enrolled in 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 Feb. 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.
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Once enrollment opens on May 12, families can either enroll through an approved provider or through the program's website.

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