Help with internet costs and laptops

  • April 1, 2021

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on 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 $10-$50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Please continue to check this page for program updates.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A household is eligible if one member of the household qualifies for the Lifeline program under one of the following criteria:

  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since Feb. 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program

When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?

The FCC authorized the program, but the start date has not yet been established. The FCC is working to make the benefit available as quickly as possible. 

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