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Household Eligibility

Households can qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit by showing that at least one member of their household meets one of the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for the FCC’s Lifeline program, including those who are on Medicaid or receive SNAP benefits,
  • Was approved for the free or reduced price school breakfast/lunch program in the 2019-20, 2020-21, or 2021-22 school year, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision,
  • Experienced substantial documented loss of income since February 29, 2020 with a total household income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers,
  • Received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year, or
  • Qualifies for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 relief program, subject to FCC approval of that provider’s eligibility process.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per eligible household.

Learn more: See a comprehensive list of qualifying programs as well as up-to-date information on income eligibility. Consumers can determine if they are an independent household by completing the Household Worksheet (Spanish Version).