Internet for Those in Need

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

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With money short for many and several jobs going remote, the Emergency Broadband Benefit that was introduced could help thousands. “The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program is a government program that reduces qualifying consumers’ broadband Internet access service bill (ALLO, 2021).” This means that those that qualify may be eligible for free Internet or Internet at little cost. The program provides $50 per month ($75 per month for those in tribal lands) to fund qualifying Internet services, and up to $100 for people to buy a computer or laptop from a participating provider (FCC, 2021).

The qualifications that are necessary in order to be eligible for this assistance include: “having an income below 135 percent of the poverty line, being eligible for SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline, being approved to receive free or reduced school lunches, receiving a Pell grant during the current year, meeting the criteria for a providers existing low-income/Covid-19 program, or experiencing a large loss of income since February 29, 2020 and a household income at or below $99,000 for single filers in that year or $198,000 for joint filers in that year” (FCC, 2021). Also, only one of the qualifications above is necessary, not all of them. This means that several thousand people should be eligible for this benefit.

Now, the Emergency Broadband Benefit isn’t something that will be out there forever. It does have an expiry date. According to ALLO, the Emergency Broadband Benefit will end when the funds run out or six months after DHHS calls an end to the national health emergency(ALLO, 2021). Therefore, if you meet any of the qualifications, it may be in your best interest to apply soon.

Sources

ALLO. (2021). Emergency broadband benefit program. ALLO. Retrieved September 26, 2021, from https://www.allocommunications.com/community-connect-residential/.

FCC. (2021, September 8). Emergency broadband benefit. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved September 26, 2021, from https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

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