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23Jun/210

Emergency Broadband Benefit: $50/Month Off Home Internet For Low-Income, Job Loss, and Furloughed Workers

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program affords a temporary discount on monthly broadband statutes for modifying households. This program is separate and in addition to the the existing Lifeline program. They has actually been running for a few weeks and over 1 million households have signed up. Learn more and apply at GetEmergencyBroadband.org and this FCC Consumer FAQ. Here's an excerpt on eligibility( emphasis mine ).

A household is eligible if one member of the household fulfills at least one of the criteria below 😛 TAGEND

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; 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 -2 020 or 2020 -2 021 school years; 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 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for seam filers; or Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-1 9 platform.

I bolded the part that I believe includes a broader radical that may not realize they qualify for this assistance. Here is the documentation that they will require you to submit if you experienced job loss or furlough 😛 TAGEND

If you suffered a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 because you lost your job or were furloughed, you may qualify for the EBB Program.

You will have to show proof of the job loss or furlough, like a closure note or furlough notice, as well as proof of your total income, like a tax return or official documentation containing income information when you apply for the EBB Program. To modify in this way, your total household income in 2020 must be at or below $99,000( for single excise filers) and $198,000( for joint tariff filers ).

Here's a immediate summing-up of the benefits 😛 TAGEND

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a deduction of up to $ 50 per month towards broadband assistance for eligible households and up to $ 75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal districts. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $ 100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet for their participation providers if they contribute more than $ 10 and less than $50 toward the acquisition price.

Not every single broadband provider offers the Emergency Broadband Benefit, but most do; Look for your provider now. Some providers may push you to switch to a different plan.

Once approved, the $50/ month discount will appear automatically on your broadband invoice. You can get the discount even if you have a past due poise, and you can sign up for new service if you don't have existing service.

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