New FCC Program to Help Households Afford Internet 5.17.21

The Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program, is to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Also, eligible households can receive a one-time device discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Households must first contribute at least $10 (but not more than $50) toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Check out the Oregon State University Extension Service website. For additional information, call 833-511-0311 or see the fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit. Find out if you qualify and how to participate!