New Law Helps Veterans Get Discounted Internet

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December 12, 2021

A new program from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can help active-duty members, veterans and survivors get free or discounted internet, and even a $100 discount on a computer.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a $3.2 billion federal initiative to help lower the cost of high-speed internet for low-income Americans during the pandemic.

Eligible households will receive a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Program enrollees can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Discounted Internet Eligibility

Households are eligible for this program if a member meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs (SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline);
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household total income in 2020 was at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

How to Enroll

  1. Visit GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply or print out a mail-in application.
  2. Contact your preferred participating provider to select an eligible plan and have the discount applied to your bill.
  3. Find the list of Emergency Broadband Benefit Providers.
  4. Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.

To learn more about the original article on this topic, please see Military.com

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