The FCC recently opened applications for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a benefit providing a monthly discount for families and households struggling to afford internet service in the pandemic.

The benefit provides a discount of up to $50/month for households or up to $75/month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. It also includes a one-time discount of up to $100 towards the purchase of a laptop, desktop computer or tablet through a participating provider if the purchaser contributes more than $10.

Nearly one-third of all Idahoans might be eligible for this discount. A household is eligible if a member meets 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 Lifeline.
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, 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 due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020.
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

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There are three ways to apply:

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742

This discount is available until the $3.2 billion in funding runs out, or six months after the end of the COVID-19 emergency.

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