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New federal broadband discount for families
Mr. Brian Lee
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Eligibility for monthly internet service discount

If your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals under the NSLP or SBP, you are eligible for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program).   This also includes Community Eligibility Provision school students, for which Richland Elementary is a member.  The EBB Program is a temporary federal program to help eligible households pay for internet service during the pandemic. The EBB Program provides a monthly discount of not more than $50 per month on broadband service and associated equipment (for example, a modem) for eligible households and not more than $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. If the participating household chooses an eligible plan that costs $50/month or less, the household will receive that service for free, at least until the EBB Program ends.

Each participating household may also be reimbursed up to $100 for one connected device—a laptop, desktop, or tablet computer—where available from a participating broadband provider, as long as the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 towards the cost of the device. Each participating household is limited to a single device discount. 

If you have questions about the EBB Program, your eligibility to participate, or to find information about participating providers near you, please visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org, call 833-511-0311, or email EBBHelp@usac.org.