Use the EBB to help pay for Internet service or cell phone bills and upgrade your computer equipment.

The FCC wants to pay your Internet bill. Really.

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Norine Dworkin

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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Use the EBB to help pay for Internet service or cell phone bills and upgrade your computer equipment.

The Federal Communications Commission opened the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program Wednesday to provide $50 a month per household ($75 on tribal lands) to help pay for Internet service during the pandemic. The program also includes a one-time $100 payment toward a laptop, desktop or tablet from participating providers when consumers kick in between $10 and $50 toward the purchase price. 

The program will stay open until six months after the pandemic is over … or the money runs out.

Access the program at to see if your Internet provider is participating.and start the application process. 

Households are eligible if you …

  • lost money during the pandemic and made less than $198,000 for joint filers or $99,000 for single filers in 2020

  • have an income that’s at or below 135 percent of federal poverty guidelines

  • participate in a federal assistance program like SNAP, Medicaid or Lifeline

  • got a Pell grant this year

  • are approved for benefits for free- or reduced-price lunch or breakfast at school

  • qualify for your ISP’s existing low-income or Covid-19 program

Benefits are paid directly to your Internet provider — no waiting on checks or direct deposits. Money can be used to pay for a home Internet connection or mobile phone. But you only get one benefit per household, so you’ll have to choose.

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