What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit program?
HTC is 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. The EBB program will provide a temporary discount of up to $50 on internet bills for households that meet income eligibility requirements. The program will operate until the funding runs out or until six months after the federal “Emergency Period” as defined by Congress ends, whichever comes first.
Am I eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit program?
A household is eligible if one member of the household:
- 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.
- 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, 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school years; 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.
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How long will the Emergency Broadband Benefit program last?
This $3.2 billion program is a temporary fund established by Congress, and will be available until the funding runs out or until six months after the federal coronavirus “Emergency Period” as defined by Congress, whichever comes first.
*What is a CEP School?
The FCC has determined that households with children enrolled in schools participating in school-wide free and reduced-lunch programs, including the USDA’s CEP program, are eligible for EBB. Below is a comprehensive list of all local CEP schools. Please note that HTC may not be able to serve all residential locations associated with this list.
If you had a student enrolled in any of the schools listed below in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school years, your household is eligible to receive the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit.
If you had a student enrolled in any of the schools listed below during the 2019-2020 school year, your household is eligible to receive the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit.
If you have a child enrolled in any of the Marion County School District schools in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school years, your household is eligible to receive the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit.