Internet usage has increased dramatically over the last year with distant learning and work from home situations. Many families have struggled to provide Internet access for their kids or even their own working conditions, but that could soon change. The Emergency Broadband Benefit can ultimately help millions of families pay for at home Internet access. This program was passed in December as part of the relief package, which included the second stimulus payments. As part of the relief package, the Federal Communications Commission was given a $3.2 billion fund to distribute to Americans with low incomes. Those who are eligible will get $50 monthly internet subsidies. And this week, the FCC explained how they can sign up for the subsidy. Starting May 12, you can enroll at GetEmergencyBroadband.org. This is open to those who qualify for Lifeline benefits through participation in Medicaid, SNAP, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, or Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefits. Those involved in select Tribal programs and those who have suffered financial loss since February 29, 2020 may also qualify.
The $50 monthly subsidy is for broadband service and associated equipment rentals. Some may even be eligible to receive a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet. The program will continue until the $3.2 billion fund empties or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares that the COVID health emergency has ended, whichever comes first. If you believe you qualify to receive this benefit, be sure to sign up early to ensure you will receive the full benefits of this program. Documentation will need to be submitted and approved, and the process may take some time.
For more information about this benefit, go here - https://bit.ly/3vzt8S0
Source: WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Boston