The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is an FCC program to help families and households receive internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.
How Does Emergency Broadband Benefit Work?
Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband (internet) service for eligible households. 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 they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The EBB is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
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.
Where Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?
Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting https://getemergencybroadband.org.
Which Broadband Providers Are Participating in the EBB Program?
Various broadband (internet) providers, including those offering landline and wireless broadband, are participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit. Find internet service providers offering the Emergency Broadband Benefit in Michigan.