What is the EBBP (Emergency Broadband Benefits Program)?
- The EBBP is a temporary $3.2 billion federal initiative to help lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- The EBBP will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for eligible households on Tribal lands. The benefit is limited to one monthly service discount per household.
- The EBBP will end once the program funds are exhausted, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the pandemic, whichever comes first.
Who is Eligible for the EBBP?
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the following criteria:
- 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;
- Has been 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;
- Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
- Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year