The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary FCC program created to help families and households struggling to afford broadband Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SCSEP grantees have consistently mentioned throughout the ongoing Peer-to-Peer event series that there are a number of challenges SCSEP participants face in accessing the Internet and other online resources necessary for full participation in the SCSEP program. We have heard your feedback and we want to draw your attention to an emergency program created by the FCC that helps low-income Americans to afford the access and equipment necessary for getting online. The program is called the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) and it provides:
- Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;
- Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
- A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider if they contribute more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
A household is eligible for this benefit if a member of the household meets any of the following criteria:
- 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;
- Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, or did so in the 2019-2020 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; or
- Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.
Participants are able to apply for this benefit through this FCC-created Web site:
There are additional resources in the “Related Content” sidebar of this Web page.
The Department of Labor and the SCSEP grants are not affiliated with this benefit program, but we are providing this information as it may be helpful for SCSEP grantees and their participants.
If you have any further questions at all, please send a message to: SCSEPTechnicalAssistance@dol.