FCC announces emergency broadband benefit program

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is providing information regarding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP). The FCC has announced that consumers can now apply for and enroll in the EBBP. 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 EBBP 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 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