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EBB: what it is and how it works

FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel provides insight into the benefit of emergency broadband.

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Important Updates to the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Congress created the Affordable Connectivity Program, a new, long-term, $14 billion program, to replace the Emergency Broadband Assistance Program. This investment in broadband affordability will help ensure that we can afford the connections we need for work, school, healthcare and more for a long time to come.

Households enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Allocation Program as of 12/31/21 will continue to receive their current monthly allocation for a 60-day transition period.

What is changing?

  • The maximum monthly benefit will increase from $50 per month to $30 per month for households not located on eligible tribal lands. The monthly benefit will remain at $75 per month for households on eligible tribal lands.
  • Households have new ways to qualify for the Affordable Connectivity program, such as receiving WIC benefits or having an income at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
  • Households who qualified for the Emergency Broadband Allowance due to a substantial loss of income following job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020, or by meeting the criteria eligibility for a Participating Provider’s COVID-19 Program, will need to requalify for the Affordable Connectivity Program. These households will receive additional details on the steps to follow from the program administrator (USAC) or their Internet service provider, in January 2022, and will have at least 30 days to respond. They will continue to receive their full emergency broadband benefit until March 1, 2022.

Most households on the Emergency Broadband Allowance will not need to take any action to continue receiving the new $30 monthly allowance after the transition period ends on March 1, 2022. If your disbursements increase in Due to the reduction in the monthly allowance amount, your service provider will contact you to advise you if you need to take any further action in order to continue to receive the Affordable Connectivity Program benefit.

Households located on eligible tribal lands will continue to receive a $75 monthly benefit and will not need to take any action to continue receiving the Affordable Connectivity Program benefit.

After the end of the transition period on March 1, 2022, the monthly rebate for all former EBB participants not located on eligible tribal lands will be reduced to $30. Contact your provider if you are concerned about a possible increase in your monthly service bill or if you wish to switch to another service plan.

Have questions about transitioning from the Emergency Broadband Benefit to the Affordable Connectivity Program? See the Emergency Broadband Benefits FAQ for more information.

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, essential health services, virtual classrooms and more.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a rebate of up to $50 per month on broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on eligible tribal lands. Eligible households can also get a one-time rebate of up to $100 toward the purchase of a laptop, desktop, or tablet from participating vendors if they contribute more than $10 and less. of $50 to the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband benefit is limited to one monthly service rebate and one device rebate per household.

Who is eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefits Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household fulfills a of the criteria below:

  • Has an income at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Program or the School Breakfast Program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision during the 2019 school year -2020, 2020-2021 or 2021-2022;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 equal to or less than $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 $ for joint filers; Where
  • Meets the eligibility criteria of a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

The Affordable Connectivity Program replaced the Emergency Broadband Benefit on December 31, 2021. Would you like to register for the ACP? Apply now at AffordableConnectivity.gov.

Learn more about the Affordable Connectivity Program by visiting fcc.gov/ACP.

Benefit transfers

Emergency Broadband Benefit recipients can transfer their monthly benefit to a new participating service provider at any time. To move your benefit to another provider, simply contact the new provider and ask them to transfer your benefit. You do not need to cancel the benefit or your service with your current benefit provider before requesting the transfer.

Get more consumer insights

See the Consumer FAQ on Broadband Benefits for more information on the benefit.

Which broadband providers are participating in the Emergency Broadband Advantage?

Various broadband providers, including those offering fixed and wireless broadband, participate in the Emergency Broadband Allocation. Find broadband service providers offering the Emergency Broadband Benefit in your state or territory.

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