FCC Broadband Benefit Program
May 13, 2021 — DENTON — Texas Woman's has learned that some students may be eligible for a new emergency broadband program through the Federal Communications Commission.
According to an announcement from the FCC, consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in a new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program beginning May 12, 2021. The program will end when the fund runs out, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households, and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers, if the provider contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Among those eligible are students who received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year and households with children in the school free-lunch program.
Individuals can get more information and apply for the program, if eligible, at: https://getemergencybroadband.org/.
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