The Federal Communications Commission will now be offering assistance each month on qualifying household’s broadband internet bill.
This program was introduced in Dec. of 2020 by Congress.
The program is called the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.
This specific program received $3.2 billion in funding.
Emergency Broadband Benefit assistance program
The benefits include
- Up to $50 in assistance per month for service
- As much as $75 off per month for homes on tribal lands that qualify
- Up to $100 towards a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer
Schuyler County seeks input from residents to determine areas of unserved and underserved broadband service
Eligibility requirements for the assistance
If your income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty line, you may qualify.
Some people who are already getting benefits like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, or others may qualify.
If you suffered a large amount of financial loss due to COVID-19 you may qualify for assistance.
Anyone who received the federal Pell Grant qualifies.
Families that have children receiving free or discounted lunches qualify.