Lower Cost for High-Speed Internet - Do You Qualify?

Authored By: Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. LSC Funded
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The federal government has a new program to help low-income people access high speed internet services at lower costs!

This program is called the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program and is to help lower the cost of high-speed internet.

What Is the Benefit?

  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband services;
  • Up to $75/month discount for broadband services for households on Tribal lands; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
  • The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per eligible household.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit?

A household is eligible if one member of the household:

  • Qualifies for the Lifeline program, including those who are on Medicaid or receive SNAP benefits;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019- 2020 school year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020, and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant in the cun-ent award year; or 
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

When Can Eligible Households Sign Up?

  • The FCC expects the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to be open to eligible households before the end of April, 2021. Please check the FCC' s website,, regularly for the latest infonnation.

How Will Eligible Households Sign Up?

  • Eligible households will enroll through participating broadband providers or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). Please check the FCC's website,, regularly for the latest infonnation on the enrollment process.

What Broadband Providers Will Be Offering the Emergency Broadband Benefit?

  • Many types of broadband providers can qualify to provide service in this program.
  • The FCC is currently setting up the systems needed for providers to participate.
  • Contact information for the providers participating in the program will be posted on USAC's website:


Last Review and Update: Mar 26, 2021

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