June 2021 Newsletter: FCC offers assistance for internet access through emergency broadband benefit
June 4, 2021
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Emergency Broadband Benefit launched on May 12th. This benefit provides a discount of $50 per month for eligible low-income households or $75 per month for households on Tribal lands to cover internet bills, as well as discounts on some devices. This program can also be combined with Lifeline benefits.
Reliable home internet and technology provide older adults and people with disabilities with more options to access important services and supports, including legal assistance, telehealth services, and portals for economic impact payment eligibility and benefits programs.
The eligible households can apply in four ways:
- Contact participating broadband providers directly.
- Visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online.
- Call (833) 511-0311 for a mail-in application and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742.
- Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).
If you need more assistance in accessing the FCC’s Emergency Broadband benefit LIFTT can help! Reach out to us at (406) 259-5181 or liftt.org/contact