FCC Expands Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Eligibility

10 September 2021

On September 8, 2021, the FCC announced that households with a member approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program --- including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision --- in the current 2021-2022 school year are also eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). This expands on the original program eligibility rules that included the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.   

Many students are already back in the classroom this year and broadband access is a critical tool for success.  The FCC has prepared an EBB back-to-school outreach tookit, materials and information from which are designed to be shared with the public.