Georgia Library Association is working to help build awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
The $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes between $10 and $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
- 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 the FCC’s Lifeline program;
- 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 through 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.
“Our organization is deeply committed to closing the digital divide and connecting our community with the technology access, digital literacy, and critical online resources needed to advance educational and economic opportunity for all,” said Wendy Cornelisen, GLA President. “We are proud to support the EBB program.”
Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment opened May 12, 2021. Eligible households can find participating providers and enroll online at www.getemergencybroadband.org or by calling 833-511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. More information is available at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.