HTC has announced it will be participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB), a federal government program aimed at helping households struggling to pay for internet service during the coronavirus pandemic.
Households that meet income eligibility requirements will receive a temporary discount of up to $50 through the EBB program. The program will operate until the funding runs out or until six months after the federal “Emergency Period” as defined by Congress, whichever comes first.
A household is eligible if one member of the household:
- Qualifies for the Lifeline program;
- Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year; This includes households with a student enrolled in a school or school district where every student receives this benefit.
- Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
- Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers.
There is a limit of one benefit per household per month. Eligible households may apply this discount to any of the HTC internet tiers. Once the temporary funding program ends, participating households will be subject to the undiscounted rates and general terms and conditions at the end of the program to continue to receive service.
Learn more about the EBB program by visiting www.htcinc.net/broadbandbenefit.