Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms.

  • February 27, 2021: Introducing the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, Benton Institute – In its efforts to help people deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress created the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program in late 2020. The Federal Communications Commission will run the program, starting it in Spring 2021. The program offers discounts off of people’s monthly internet access bills to help connect households that find it hard to afford broadband service. Households can also get discounts on a laptop, desktop, or tablet computer.
  • February 26, 2021: The FCC issued their final, adopted rules for the Emergency Broadband Benefit.
  • Become an Outreach Partner: The FCC is mobilizing people and organizations to help share important consumer information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit.
  • Emergency Broadband Benefit presentation presented by Meg Kaufer from the STEM Alliance for the Broadband Hui on February 17, 2021.