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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Consumers looking for information on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Emergency Broadband Benefit should visit fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

Program Overview

In the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, Congress appropriated $3.2 billion to the FCC to help low-income households pay for broadband service and connected internet devices.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month for broadband services for eligible consumers. Consumers who live on qualifying Tribal lands can receive enhanced support of up to $75 per month toward broadband services.

Additionally, the program provides a one-time device discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. The one-time discount requires a consumer co-payment of more than $10 and less than $50.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is temporary. It will expire when funds are exhausted or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declares the end of the COVID-19 health emergency.

The FCC expects the EBB Program to be open to eligible households before the end of April 2021. Please check the FCC’s website regularly for the latest information.

EBB Program Order

On February 25, 2021, the FCC adopted Report and Order 21-29, officially establishing the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

USAC’s Role

The FCC engaged the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to implement the EBB Program, using the framework of the Lifeline program, an existing FCC program to help provide affordable voice and broadband service to low-income consumers. The EBB Program will leverage Lifeline systems like the Lifeline National Eligibility Verifier, the National Lifeline Accountability Database, and the Lifeline Claims System for subscriber eligibility, enrollment, and service provider reimbursement.

Stay Informed

Explore the USAC Website. Learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit program by exploring the EBB program pages on the USAC website. For instance, you can:

Sign Up for Updates. USAC will update this web page as additional information is available. To stay up to date on the EBB Program, sign up for the EBB Program email list.

Attend a Webinar. Register today for a Get Started webinar:

Note: The March 2 event was previously scheduled as an Introduction to Lifeline and the EBB Program. If you registered for the Introduction webinar and want to attend Get Started, you do not have to register a second time. Additionally, a recording of the Introduction webinar is available on our website.