• ~May 2021~ 

    A surprising number of Americans can get $50 each month from the new $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit. That includes tens of millions who lost work during the pandemic. 

     Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program? 

    A household is eligible if a member of the household 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; 
    • 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 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 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 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or 
    • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program. 

     How to Apply 

    There are three ways for eligible households to apply: 

    1. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you. 
    1. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to: 
    1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. 

     Emergency Broadband Support Center 
    P.O. Box 7081 
    London, KY 40742 

    After receiving an eligibility determination, households can contact their preferred service provider to select an Emergency Broadband Benefit eligible service plan. 

    Get More Consumer Information 

    Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit. 

Last Modified on May 21, 2021