The cost of home internet service can be too high for many families. This federal program will provide discounts to eligible households on a temporary basis.
Home internet is no longer a luxury. Instead, it’s becoming a necessity to adapt to the fast-paced, technology-driven world. As the ongoing pandemic makes financial matters worse for many households, some may be forced to cancel their home internet because it’s too much of a drain on their bank accounts.
The good news is the Federal Communications Commission is starting a new program that will tackle this issue. Keep reading to learn more about how the Emergency Broadband Benefit program can help families afford home internet
The Emergency Broadband Benefit begins May 12
The Emergency Broadband Benefit program begins on May 12, 2021. The program hopes to make it easier for individuals and families to access reliable internet, regardless of the expense. Having internet access and having a reliable electronic device to access it can provide families with more opportunities.
Eligible households will get a discount on their home internet bill. They will also be eligible for a one-time discount of up to $100 to buy a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. To receive this one-time discount, households must contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price of the device.
Here’s how the program works
The funds cannot be received directly by the participant. Instead, eligible households…