Help spread the word: FCC Launches Program to Help Cover Broadband Costs for Low-Income Households

The federal Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is designed to help households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of helping more people connect to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and more. Please help communicate this opportunity to people and families who would benefit from this assistance. The program provides:

  • Discounts of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal landsĀ 
  • One-time discounts of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is open to:

  • Federal Pell Grant recipients
  • Households with students receiving free and reduced-price lunch or school breakfast
  • Those who have lost jobs and seen their income reduced in the last year due to furloughs
  • Households that participate in an existing low-income or pandemic relief program offered by a broadband provider
  • Lifeline subscribers, including those who are on Medicaid or accept SNAP benefits

Campus is promoting this information at it.wisc.edu. If you have questions or suggestions on promoting this opportunity please email the CALS CIO/IT Director at smwahe@wisc.edu.