Students who receive Federal Pell Grants, benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or meet other income-based criteria can soon apply for and receive financial assistance for broadband internet through a new federal program.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit, created by Congress through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and administered through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is intended to support households in securing the technology needed to access work, education and health care remotely during the pandemic. Qualifying households can receive a monthly discount up to $50 on their internet service through participating providers (up to $75 on Tribal lands). Households can also receive up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet.
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