Broadband service has been essential throughout the pandemic for remote working and learning.
For people struggling to afford home internet service, the Federal Communication Commission has launched a COVID-19 relief initiative to help.
It's called the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and it can help reduce your home internet bill.
The EBB provides a discount of up to $50 a month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 a month for households on qualifying tribal lands.
But you're only eligible if a member of your household has an income that is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. That means, for a family of two, the cutoff is $23,517 and for a family of four, it is $35,775.
But even if you make more than that, you still could qualify for the benefit.
If anyone in your home got a federal Pell Grant this year, received free school lunch, used certain assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid or Lifeline, or suffered a large income loss, you may still be eligible.
If you live in a multi-unit dwelling, like an apartment building, and pay your landlord for your internet service, you are also are also eligible. Talk to your property manager or landlord about it.
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And, on top of the monthly discount, you may be eligible for $100 toward the purchase of a new laptop, tablet or desktop computer from participating broadband providers, if you contribute toward the purchase price.
You can apply online here or call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application.
If you are able to enroll, you'll keep your discount until six months after the federal government says the Covid-19 emergency is over, or when the program runs out of money, whichever comes first.