Emergency Broadband Benefit: How to access federal funds for digital needs
What is it?
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a government program. It is a temporary service designed to help households fulfill their digital needs during the pandemic.
The program offers eligible households up to $75 in monthly discounts for broadband. It also offers a one-time discount of up to $100 towards a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. Participants must contribute between $10-$50 for the device to qualify.
Who is eligible?
Households with income at or below 135% of the national poverty line.
- A household is a group of people who live together and share money. Those who live together and do not share money are each their own separate household.
Households where any member falls into one of these categories:
- You participate in SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefits.
- You participant in one of several Tribal programs
- You received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year.
- You received benefits through a school lunch or breakfast program.
- any member lost a job or was furloughed due to COVID-19, and
- the total household income is at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.
How to apply
- Online with the Universal Service Administrative Company
- Through the mail in either English or Spanish (view instructions in nine more languages)
- Contact your broadband provider directly. Use this online tool to find a participating provider near you if you do not have one.
To find out more about the EBB, check out the get emergency broadband website.