When it comes to helping Americans in need, there has been so much talk about stimulus checks that people have totally missed the other types of financial aid that are available. One of them is called the Emergency Broadband Benefit and because of the act, millions of Americans can receive a monthly subsidy to help pay for their Internet.
The program passed in December as part of the relief package that included the second stimulus check. It gives the Federal Communications Commission a $3.2 billion fund to distribute to Americans with low incomes and those who lost income during the pandemic. Eligible recipients will get $50 monthly internet subsidies. This week, the FCC explained how they can sign up for them.
Those eligible for the subsidy can enroll at GetEmergencyBroadband.org on May 12th. It is open to anyone who qualifies for Lifeline benefits through participation in Medicaid, SNAP, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefits. Also anyone involved in select Tribal programs and those who have suffered financial loss since February 29, 2020 qualify, among others.
Along with the $50 monthly discount on broadband service and associated equipment rentals, those eligible can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet. The program will run until the $3.2 billion fund is emptied, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID health emergency - whichever comes first.
If you qualify, it's suggested you sign up early to ensure you get the full benefit. To apply, you'll need to submit documentation and be approved, which could take time. Learn more here.
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