The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband 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.
Households with a child who is approved to receive free or reduced-price meals under the NSLP or the School Breakfast Program (SBP), including children who attend schools participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), are eligible for the EBB Program. This includes any child who currently receives benefits during the 2020–2021 school year or did so in the 2019–2020 school year. USAC administers the EBB Program under the direction of the FCC.